Mendez v. Westminster: The Latino Brown v. Board of Education

  • Rebecca A. López College of Health and Human Services, California State University, Long Beach


A piece of forgotten history reveals that many of the issues and parties to Brown v. Board of Education of 1954 were instrumental in the desegregation of California schools in 1947. The class action discrimination suit brought by the Méndez family produced a rippling effect felt all the way to the United States Supreme Court. With the help of a television producer who produced a documentary on the Méndez case for public television, the author tells the story of the discovery of a missing piece of history.

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