Sylvia Mendez was just 8 years old when her aunt took her to enroll at 17th Street Elementary.  The Mendez family was told that Sylvia and her brothers could not enroll in the all-white school because she was Hispanic. Over 5,000 students were represented as the family bought a lawsuit against the school district that became a landmark case in the fight to desegregate schools.  

Use the infographic & probing question below to engage your students!


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