Before 'Brown v. Board of Education'

In 1947 Orange County, Families Sued for Desegration -- and Won

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Lincoln Grammar School in El Modena, east Orange County, Calif.,

Lincoln Grammar School in El Modena, east Orange County, Calif., was one of the schools involved in the Mendez v. Westminster case. Lincoln started out integrated, but then a school for white children was built next door. Fire in the Morning Collection hide caption

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NPR's Claudio Sanchez examines the little-known school desegregation case of Mendez v. Westminster. This California case won access for Mexican Americans to white schools in 1947 and helped set the stage seven years later for Brown v. Board of Education.

Images from "Fire in the Morning," a pictorial exhibit of Mexican-American history in Orange County.

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