Sylvia Bracelet
Presencia

Sylvia Bracelet

Regular price $ 20.00

This bracelet was made & designed by Presencia out of turquoise and crystal, and named after Sylvia Mendez.

Sylvia Mendez – Paved the way for school desegregation in the US

Sylvia Mendez was born in 1936 and grew up at a time when Hispanics were sent to “Mexican schools” and not allowed to attend schools designated for “Whites Only.” Realizing the white schools had access to better books and other educational benefits, Sylvia’s aunt wished for her family to attend a white school. The aunt was told that her lighter-skinned children could attend the school but the eight year-old Sylvia could not because her skin was darker.  

After Sylvia was denied enrollment to the white school, her parents sued the California public school system. After years of litigation, Sylvia was finally allowed to attend and became the first Hispanic to enroll in a “Whites Only” school. The case paved the way for the more well-known Brown v. Board of Education case less than ten years later. In 2011, President Obama awarded Mendez with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor.

 

 

 


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