Mendez v. Westminster : desegregating California's schools

Mendez v. Westminster : desegregating California's schools

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Title:Mendez v. Westminster : desegregating California's schools

In 1946, eight years before the landmark Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, Mexican Americans in Orange County, California won a class action lawsuit to dismantle the segregated school system that existed there. In this video segment, Sylvia Mendez recalls the conditions that triggered the lawsuit and her parents' involvement in the case.

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Grade range: 3-12.

Lesson plans using this resource: Re-examining Brown.

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Types:Instructional materials | Teaching guides | Resource units | Videorecordings | Oral histories | Interviews
Subjects:Mendez, Gonzalo--Trials, litigation, etc. | Warren, Earl, 1891-1974 | Plessy, Homer Adolph--Trials, litigation, etc. | Ferguson, John H., judge--Trials, litigation, etc. | African Americans--Civil rights--California--Orange County | Busing for school integration--California--Orange County | School integration--California--Orange County | Mexican Americans--Social conditions--Orange County | Mexican Americans--Segregation--Orange County | Mexican Americans--Civil rights--California--Orange County | Mexican Americans children--California--Orange County | Mexican Americans--California--Orange County | Students--California--Orange County | Minorities--Education | Civil rights movements--California--Orange County | Equality--California--Orange County | Minorities--Education | Discrimination in education--California--Orange County | Public schools--California--Orange County | Race relations | Legislation--California | Westminster School District of Orange County--Trials, litigation, etc. | League of United Latin American Citizens | United States. District Court (California) | United States. Constitution. 14th Amendment | Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka | Mendez vs. Westminster: Para Todos los Ninos/For All the Children (Television program) | Orange County (Calif.)
Institution:WGBH Educational Foundation
Contributors:Mendez vs. Westminster: Para Todos los Ninos/For All the Children (KOCE-TV Foundation) | Teacher's Domain Civil Rights Special Collection | WGBH Educational Foundation | Sylvia Mendez
Online Publisher:[Boston, Mass.] : WGBH Educational Foundation | 2002/2008
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The Teachers' Domain Civil Rights Collection is a collaborative production of WGBH Education Productions, the WGBH Media Library, and WGBH Interactive, in partnership with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Washington University in St. Louis.

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Forms part of: Teacher's Domain Civil Right Special Collection.

Forms part of: Mendez vs. Westminster: Para Todos los Ninos/For All the Children.

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