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The woman who fought school segregation before Brown v. Board of Education

Sylvia Mendez was a young girl in the 1940s when her parents fought for Latinos to have access to white schools in the California court case Mendez v. Westminster. They won in 1947.

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Sylvia Mendez was a young girl in the 1940s when her parents fought for Latinos to have access to white schools in the California court case Mendez v. Westminster. They won in 1947.

Tomorrow marks the 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark case that ended school segregation. But, a lesser known case ended that practice in Southern California seven years earlier. 

RELATED: Before Brown v. Board, Mendez fought California's segregated schools

For more on this, we're joined by Shereen Marisol Meraji, reporter with NPR's Code Switch team and occasional Take Two host.  

 


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