Announcing the display of MOTAL's exhibition, A Class Action: The Grassroots Struggle for School Desegregation at the Ehlers Event Center in Buena Park from September 15 - October 5, 2019.
This exhibition tells the story of the landmark lawsuit, Mendez et al. v. Westminster School District et al. in the fight against school segregation, and the impact of community organizing and grassroots activism in schools and communities across the United States.
In March 1945, five fathers in Orange County, California, brought a class-action lawsuit against four school districts on behalf of their own children and 5,000 other children that were being forced to attend segregated “Mexican schools.” This exhibition tells the story of their landmark lawsuit, Mendez et al. v. Westminster School District et al., and reveals how community organizing and grassroots activism can produce positive change in schools and communities across the United States. Experts have called this the most important court case about segregation before Brown v. Board of Education.
The interactive exhibition provides a physical space where visitors can explore the case, its origins, and how its legacy inspired others to go on to make a difference. Exhibition features include photographs and items from all plaintiff families, interactive elements and oral histories, docent-led tours, and a space for community dialogue and civic engagement.
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