Mendez Fought California’s Segregated Schools. Sylvia Mendez was a young girl in the 1940s when her parents fought for Latinos to have access to white schools in the California court case Mendez v. Westminster. They won in 1947. Tonight we honor Sylvia Mendez at the renaming of a school in Berkeley, CA – SYLVIA MENDEZ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.
We have far to go, it’s wonderful to celebrate inclusion and diversity in our schools.