Separate is Never Equal

Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation

A touching account of one family’s quest for equality in America.

By Duncan Tonatiuh Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh Read by Adriana Sananes Biographies & Memoirs / Children’s Fiction / Nonfiction English Age group 5-9 16m Sell Sheet Also available on
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1 Video DVD May 27, 2014 $22.99 $22.99 9781629236896 Add to Cart
									Almost 10 years before Brown vs. 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 to 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.

3 stars. “…this inspirational program reminds viewers that “when you fight for justice, others will follow. Recommended.” - Video Librarian

“Provides an excellent introduction to the history of segregation and its still-continuing dismantling for younger children, as well as a solid lead-in for older students.” - School Library Journal (video review)