Separate Is Never Equal


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Years before the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling Brown v. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez, an eight-year-old girl of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage, played an instrumental role in Mendez v. Westminster, the landmark desegregation case of 1946 in California. When her family moved to the town of Westminster, California, young Sylvia Mendez was excited about enrolling in her neighborhood school. But she and her brothers were turned away and told they had to attend the Mexican school instead. Sylvia could not understand why?she was an American citizen who spoke perfect English. Why were the children of Mexican families forced to attend a separate school? Unable to get a satisfactory answer from the school board, the Mendez family decided to take matters into its own hands and organize a lawsuit.

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Product # 1987706
ISBN-13 9781419710544
ISBN-10 1419710540
Author Tonatiuh, Duncan
Grade Level 1-4
Interest Level 1-4
Fiction/Nonfiction Nonfiction
Guided Reading Level T
Lexile Level 870
Publisher Abr
Page Count 40
Multicultural Hispanic/Latino American