Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Duncan Tonatiuh

Narrated By: Adriana Sananes

Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC

Date: May 2014

Duration: 0 hours 23 minutes


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.

Starred review. “An extremely important story that should be widely known. Highly recommended for all libraries.” - School Library Journal (audio review)