The Deeper Learning Podcast: The story of Mendez v. Westminster

Welcome to the first episode of The Deeper Learning Podcast.

Produced by the Orange County Department of Education, this podcast is intended to explore education and learning at a deeper level. With each episode, you’ll hear compelling narratives about people who have pursued answers to life’s important questions and strived to make a difference, sometimes persevering against great odds.

The Deeper Learning PodcastOur very first story centers on a landmark court case that shattered many of the legal justifications for segregating public schools and laid the foundation for the famous Brown v. Board of Education decision. And it all started with one family from Orange County.

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Here are some of the resources referenced in Episode 01:

  • Bernstein, S. (2011). Bridges of Reform: Interracial Civil Rights Activism in Twentieth-Century Los Angeles. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Strum, P. (2010). Mendez v Westminster: School Desegregation and Mexican-American Rights. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas.
  • Tonatiuh, D. (2014). Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation. New York: Abrams.
  • Wenkart, R. D. (2016). Mendez v. Westminster School District. Inquiry and Analysis, December 2016.
  • Photo of Mendez v. Westminster painting located in the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Santa Ana, Calif.

Painting in the 4th District Court of Appeals Art Gallery