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Separate Is Never Equal

Sylvia Mendez & Her Family's Fight for Desegregation
Sep 21, 2020caleherreman rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This is a book about an important, but overlooked, milestone in the struggle for civil rights. Told from the point of view of Sylvia Mendez, it is the story of her parents' efforts to change a system that had Mexican-American children going to inadequate, segregated schools, and justified it with false narratives about race and culture. Author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh depicts the situation a in a Mexican folk art style that gives the characters and their heritage a dignity that the racist society they struggled against tried to deny them.