Westminster

Mendez monument gets approval

STUDENTS in Lincoln Elementary School for “Mexican” children in 1930s (Smithsonian photo).

A proposal to establish a permanent monument to honor the Mendez v. Westminster school desegregation decision was approved by the Westminster City Council meeting on Wednesday night. The vote was 4-0 in favor with Councilwoman Margie Rice absent.

Councilman Sergio Contreras proposed that the city approve such a monument, have city staff find the right location, and organize the design and fund-raising for such a tribute.

The city has already applied for funding for “The Mendez Historic Trail and Green Street Bikeway Project,” and such a monument could be located there. The monument would be similar to those currently in place and proposed for Sid Goldstein Freedom Park.

The 1945 Mendez decision, which outlawed segregation in public schools in California by race or ethnicity, was a precursor to the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision which banned school segregation nationwide.

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s