Welcome to the official groundbreaking for Mendez Tribute Memorial Park, brought to you by the City of Westminster and the Orange County Department of Education.

While this was originally intended to be an in-person ceremony, 2020 had other ideas. But this virtual event, which has been translated into three languages, will allow communities from all across the country to be part of the celebration.

Click on the video above to hear from county leaders and community members as they share their thoughts on the project and the landmark civil rights case of Mendez v. Westminster, which started right here in Orange County and ultimately led to the desegregation of California’s public schools.

You can also watch the presentation directly on Vimeo or OCDE’s Facebook page. And for more information, check out these recent OCDE Newsroom stories: