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Public schools in California Were Segregated Until This Young Lady Changed That
Schools were still segregated in Santa Ana, California when Mexican-Puerto Rican Sylvia Mendez and her family came to town in the 1940s.
When Mendez and her brothers were denied access to an all-white elementary school, her parents filed a lawsuit in federal court in Los Angeles against the school district.
On February 18, 1946, Judge Paul J. McCormick ruled in favor of Mendez, making her one of the first Hispanics to attend an all-white school. Mendez’s case ended de jure segregation in California, setting a precedent for Brown vs. Board of Education seven years later, which brought an end to school segregation in the entire country. #latinoheritagemonth#recuerdatusraices