Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family's Fight for Desegregation

By TONATIUH, Duncan

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9781419710544
Publisher
Abrams


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on May 1, 2014  |  Preschool to Grade 4

Gr 2–5—When the Mendezes moved to Westminster, CA, in 1944, third-grader Sylvia tried to enter Westminster School. However, the family was repeatedly told, "'Your children have to go to the Mexican school.' 'But why?' asked Mr. Mendez……'That is how it is done.'" In response, they formed the Parents' Association of Mexican-American Children, distributed petitions, and eventually filed a successful lawsuit that was supported by organizations ranging from the Japanese American Citizens League to the American Jewish Congress. Younger children will be outraged by the injustice of the Mendez...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on May 1, 2014

Seven years before the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez and her family fought for -- and won -- the desegregation of schools in California. Tonatiuh, a Belpre-winning illustrator, uses a child's viewpoint to clearly and succinctly capture the segregated reality of Mexican Americans and the little-known legal chal...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2014

In 1947 the Mendez family fought for--and won--the desegregation of schools in California. Tonatiuh uses a child's viewpoint to succinctly capture the segregat...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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