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Preview: Santa Ana Film Fiesta Day 9

Posted in Arts & Culture by Omar Ávalos Gallegos on September 13, 2010

The inaugural Santa Ana Film Fiesta moves to the neighboring City of Orange for today’s documentary concerning the case of Méndez vs Westminster, the case to end the segregation of schools in Orange County that went to court in 1946. Gonzalo and Felicitas Méndez are credited with, or are commonly associated with the case but there are also other names, those of Thomas Estrada, William Guzmán, Frank Palomino, and Lorenzo Ramírez that challenged the practice of school segregation in the county.

Pre-screening festivities begin at 5:00 pm at the Orange Public Library followed by a march to the Orange Circle and Chapman University, where the documentary will be shown. Guests will have an opportunity to visit the last remaining school for Mexican children dating to that period, that is now owned by Chapman University and which will be turned into a museum of tolerance.

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