, 2022-11-21 02:00:00,
On Nov 4, 2022, Dr. Valerie Mendoza, Director Title III Grant, Washburn University, spoke about Mexican struggles for equality before and after Brown v. Board. Her presentation at the library was a League of Women Voters Topeka-Shawnee County Tuesday Topics event, which are open to the public the first Tuesday of every month at noon. Mendoza’s presentation is part of Humanities Kansas speakers bureau. She shared stories and photos that illustrate the lived experiences of Mexican struggles for equality, particularly here in the Midwest.
Mendoza began by asking what we imagine when we think about the word segregation. She then described what her own grandparents experienced. At restaurants in Kansas they had to choose “take out” and pick it up at the back door because they weren’t allowed inside. If they wanted to swim in the city pool, they could only swim on the day before the pool would be emptied. She continued her presentation using photos documenting the plight of Mexican and Mexican Americans seeking equality in Kansas and the Midwest, mainly in the past 100 years, including depictions of segregation with drinking fountains and in movie theaters.
Topeka schools for Mexican children
Mendoza shared several stories about schools in Topeka and Kansas City. Topeka’s Branner Elementary School had an annex, which was not as nice as the White School, for Mexican children. Our Lady of Guadalupe School, staffed by Sisters of Charity, Leavenworth, Kansas, taught…
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