Almost ten years before Brown
vs. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez and her parents helped end school
segregation in California. An American citizen of Mexican and Puerto Rican
heritage who spoke and wrote perfect English, Mendez was denied enrollment to a
“whites only” school. Her parents took action by organizing the Hispanic
community and filing a lawsuit in federal district court. Their success
eventually brought an end to the era of segregated education in California. Download and start listening now!