Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation

Written by Duncan Tonatiuh

Almost 10 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.

Age Range 6 - 9 years
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Copyright Year
Page Count
40
Publisher
Harry N. Abrams
Grade Level 1 - 4
ISBN
9781419710544
Lexile AD870L
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