MALDEF

INVITE: Mendez v. Westminster (Washington, DC)

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF),
The National Council of La Raza
and the United States Studies Program
of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
invite you to hear and meet

PHILIPPA STRUM

who will speak about and sign her new book:

MENDEZ V. WESTMINSTER: SCHOOL DESEGREGATION AND MEXICAN-AMERICAN RIGHTS

Mendez v. Westminster
Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Busboys and Poets

202114th St NW
(in the Langston Room)
Washington, D.C. 20009

While Brown v. Board of Education is better known, Mendez v. Westminster School District (1947) was actually the first case in which a federal court declared that "separate but equal" schools were not equal at all. In a situation that resonates today, California was dependent on Mexican-American laborers but declined to treat them or their children as first-class citizens. The case was so significant that Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP, as well as the ACLU, the American Jewish Congress, and the Japanese American Citizens League, jumped in. Join us to hear about this part of the ongoing struggle for equal rights.

Book details: http://bbpbooks.teachingforchange.org/book/9780700617197

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