Notice: The Facing History lending library is currently unable to fulfill orders for hard copy materials. We are very sorry for any inconvenience. Please see our Lending Library FAQ or email us at [email protected] if you need recommendations for specific material, or have any questions about how to get the content that you need.

Mendez vs. Westminster


27 minutes
Source: Out of print

In 1943, Gonzalo Méndez sued the Westminster School District of Orange County, California, in order to end segregation in the public schools. This court case set an important legal precedent for ending segregation in the United States. This award-winning documentary tells the story of this little-known but important chapter of American civil rights history.

Related Content


Wong family in the 1950s

The Wong family expands. In California, the Wong family prospered, its members going to school and building a fortune cookie business.

Race in US History

California Grape Workers’ Strike: 1965–66

Students explore the first year of the Delano grape strike, when grape workers in California's San Joaquin Valley went on strike to demand higher wages and better work conditions.


Combining Jewish Tradition with Science: Kathy Reynolds

Kathy Reynolds describes the project for which she won a Margot Stern Strom Award.


It Has Happened Here: Student Jonathan Chernoguz Speaks about Taking Action

Jonathan Chernoguz urges his audience to become “upstanders” in their own communities at the 2013 San Francisco Benefit Dinner.

Search Our Global Collection

Everything you need to get started teaching your students about racism, antisemitism and prejudice.