Close by her significant other Gonzalo, Felicitas assisted with initiating and win the amazing claim Mendez v. Westminster, which in 1946 brought about the principal US government court administering against state funded school isolation—right around 10 years before Brown v. Leading group of Education.
Felicitas Mendez was conceived Felicita Gómez Martínez on February 5, 1916 in the town of Juncos, Puerto Rico. She moved with her folks to the American Southwest as a youngster, and the family inevitably joined the Latino people group of farming specialists in California’s Orange County.
In 1935, she wedded Gonzalo Mendez, a Mexican foreigner who worked with her dad in the fields. Together, the couple opened a local bistro and later dealt with a fruitful ranch in the unassuming community of Westminster.
In 1944, the Mendez’s three kids were declined enlistment at a neighborhood state funded school dependent on their nationality and skin shading. Reluctant to acknowledge this foul play, the couple chose to retaliate.
With the claim Mendez v. Westminster, Gonzalo Mendez and four different guardians sued the Westminster school region and a few others to request a conclusion to the isolation of Hispanic understudies.
Felicitas Mendez composed panels to help the case and handily dealt with the Mendez’s ranch all alone, acquiring record benefits that assisted with sponsoring the claim.
On February 18, 1946, the government region court inferred that the school areas were infringing upon Mexican-American residents’ entitlement to approach insurance under the law and decided for the Mendez family and different guardians.
Attested by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals the next year, this milestone choice straightforwardly made ready for a law that required the joining of all California government funded schools that very year, just as the Brown v. Leading body of Education Supreme Court choice that managed the isolation of state funded schools unlawful seven years after the fact.
In 2011, Mendez’s girl Sylvia was granted the Presidential Medal of Freedom—the United States’ most noteworthy non military personnel honor—in acknowledgment of her and her folks’ function in the Westminster v. Mendez case and her deep rooted commitment to social equality and training that followed.
Thanks to you, Felicitas Mendez and family, for assisting with driving the route toward an all the more simply future.