President Obama recognized that in Sylvia Mendez. On February 15, Sylvia and 14 others were awarded the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom. That’s the nation’s highest civilian honor for contributions to society.
Sylvia stands in the company of many other medal recipients who have made a huge impact on this world. But we as Latinas should be grateful for what this 74-year-old woman has done for our lives.
A Latina of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent, Sylvia was only a child when she started her civil rights journey. In this video, Sylvia tells us how her parents and other Latino parents fought not only for Latinos but for all ethnic groups to right a wrong.
|Felicitas & Gonzalo Mendez|
The Mendez family won their lawsuit in 1947. Sylvia committed her life to creating opportunities for others and speaking about the importance of equality in education.
Thank you Sylvia Mendez for changing life for the better for all of us and our families.