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Landmark Integration Decision For Latinos Is Remembered

Many Americans are familiar with Brown v. Board of Education, the court case that ended legal segregation in public schools nationally. Less well-known is Mendez v. Westminster. Nearly seven years before the Brown ruling, Mendez ended legally-sanctioned segregation of Latino students.

Today, on the 70th anniversary of that decision, Brigid Kelly of NPR’s Code Switch team reports on a project that is introducing a new generation to the history and the legacy of that case.

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At the Book Launch for "We Are Alive When We Speak For Justice." (Describe The Fauna)
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At the Book Launch for "We Are Alive When We Speak For Justice." (Describe The Fauna)
Sylvia Mendez at the Book Launch for "We Are Alive When We Speak For Justice." (At the Book Launch for "We Are Alive When We Speak For Justice." (Describe The Fauna))
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Sylvia Mendez at the Book Launch for "We Are Alive When We Speak For Justice." (At the Book Launch for "We Are Alive When We Speak For Justice." (Describe The Fauna))
Copies of "We Are Alive When We Speak For Justice" at the book launch. (Describe The Fauna)
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Copies of "We Are Alive When We Speak For Justice" at the book launch. (Describe The Fauna)
Copies of "We Are Alive When We Speak For Justice" at the book launch. (Describe The Fauna)
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Copies of "We Are Alive When We Speak For Justice" at the book launch. (Describe The Fauna)
Ben DeLeon (left) and some of the student authors of "We Are Alive When We Speak For Justice." (Describe The Fauna)
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Ben DeLeon (left) and some of the student authors of "We Are Alive When We Speak For Justice." (Describe The Fauna)