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30 Things To Learn From Badass Historical Moms

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She said they would not deny her children

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Before there was Brown Vs. Board of Education there was hardcore mom, Felicitas Mendez. When this mama went to enroll her two children in her local school, she was denied on the basis of race. When the Mendez children and their cousins showed up to school, they were informed only three could enter the building since they were light enough to pass. The others, of similar Mexican descent, were deemed too dark.

Felicitas didn’t allow this to shame her or the children. Instead, she took legal action and won in the landmark case history has often forgotten. In 1946, she outmaneuvered the Westminster School District and paved the way for the better known civil rights case that would come after.

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