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Chapman hosts OC Film Fiesta, Mendez documentary Sept. 13

September 7, 2010

The U.S. Postal Service commemorated the Mendez case with a 2007 postage stamp.

It’s the segregation case that isn’t as well-known, but seven years before the landmark Brown v. Board of Education, Mendez v. Westminster was the first step toward school desegregation in the United States.

Learn more about the historic Mendez case at a special free screening of the documentary “Mendez vs. Westminster: For All the Children,” created by Chapman University development associate and filmmaker Sandra Robbie, in Memorial Hall on Monday, Sept. 13. The screening is part of the OC Film Fiesta (Sept. 4-19) and will be an evening that spotlights the history of civil rights in the city of Orange and Orange County.

Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with a gathering at Orange Public Library and History Center, where participants may pick up a map for a self-guided “Peace of Orange” tour of historic sites and  discounts to Old Towne Orange restaurants. At 6:30 p.m. a mariachi-led sidewalk “Peace Parade” will proceed to Chapman’s Memorial Hall, where the film will begin at 7:15 p.m., followed by a slide show of historic photos from the segregation era and a town hall discussion of the Mendez case, led by the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association. A cake reception will follow.

The Emmy-winning documentary tells the story of the courageous families in the landmark 1947 case that desegregated Westminster schools, foreshadowing the Brown v. Board of Education case. Chapman University, an OC Film Fiesta sponsor, is also home to the Mendez vs. Westminster Archive, a collaboration initiated by the Leatherby Libraries and the College of Educational Studies.

The screening is presented by the College of Educational Studies, the Leatherby Libraries and the School of Law.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Tiffany permalink
    September 13, 2010 1:10 pm

    Is it possible to arrive at the library late… possibly 6:30pm or would it be better to meet at Memorial Hall? Will we need tickets to get it if we arrive at Memorial Hall at 7pm? I’m afraid I will not make it by 5pm at the library. Please let me know asap. Thank you!

    • September 13, 2010 3:01 pm

      If you make it to the library at 6:30 you should be fine, but if you run late, don’t worry. Just head over to Memorial Hall and you will catch up with the procession and all the fun. The film screens at 7 p.m. It will be a great evening. See you there!

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