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

Almost ten years before Brown v. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez and her parents helped end school segregation in California. An American citizen of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage who spoke and wrote perfect English, Mendez was denied enrollment in a “Whites only” school. Her parents took action by organizing the Hispanic community and filing a lawsuit in federal district court. Their success eventually brought an end to the era of segregated education in California.

Read by Cherry Torres, who is the Ensemble of the North American Tour of Hamilton.

Published in 2014 by Abrams Books for Young Readers

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