Separate Is Never Equal

I knew about Brown v. Board of Education, but I did not know about Mendez v. Westminster.

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by 9781419710544Duncan Tonatiuh is a gorgeously illustrated non-fiction picture book about a girl’s experience in the 1940s California school system. Many unfairnesses are shown, including the sign posted by the public swimming pool: “No dogs or Mexicans allowed,” and in the back are photos of the Mexican school and the neighbourhood school. Sylvia and her family won the right to attend Westminster public school, seven years before the more famous case desegregated schools in the entire United States.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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