Tonatiuh, Duncan Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation, 40 pgs. Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2014. $18.95 PICTURE BOOK Content: G.
In 1940s California, young Sylvia Mendez family had moved and she was excited to start her new school, but on the first day the other children were telling her to “go to the Mexican school.” After a miserable day, she came home and told her mother she wanted to change schools. Her mother says, “That’s why we fought!” This book tells the story of the ground-breaking court case of Mendez v. Westminster School District, which established the precedent of “separate is not equal” and opened the door to desegregation in schools across America.
A little known story, worth telling, wonderfully illustrated and documented, this book has a glossary, bibliography, even an index. This is not your average picture book.
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