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http://www.uscourts.gov/educational-resources/educational-activities/background-mendez-v-westminster-re-enactment This article how the case got started. It started when Sylvia Mendez was rejected to enter a public school in california because it was for whites only, that got her father angry then he took action through school, civic, and legal channels. her father was represented by a civil rights attorney, took four Los Angeles-area school districts to court and won a class action lawsuit at the trial and appellate levels of the federal court system. The trial evidence was unusual because social science was used to prove a point, the point was that segregation made mexican kids feel inferior because of segregation. Important quote from Judge McCormick "'[t]he equal protection of the laws pertaining to the public school system in California is not provided by furnishing in separate schools the same technical facilities, textbooks and courses of instruction to children of Mexican ancestry that are available to the other public school children regardless of their ancestry.
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Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and in 2 months segregation in california schools ended. This case set the stage for the brown vs board of education causing school segregation to end in all america http://www.garfieldhs.org/apps/news/article/47767 This article explains that there was a large amount of Mexicans coming into southern California also, when the children came they were put into segregated schools. then explains that the westminster bs excuse for the segregating was because the kids couldn't speak english. Then that the mendez v. westminster case set did lay some of the important groundwork for the landmark case Brown v. the Board of Education.

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