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Latino Civil Rights in Education
La Lucha Sigue

ISBN 9781138943339
Published October 19, 2015 by Routledge
250 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Latino Civil Rights in Education: La Lucha Sigue documents the experiences of historical and contemporary advocates in the movement for civil rights in education of Latinos in the United States. These critical narratives and counternarratives discuss identity, inequality, desegregation, policy, public school, bilingual education, higher education, family engagement, and more, comprising an ongoing effort to improve the conditions of schooling for Latino children. Featuring the perspectives and research of Latino educators, sociologists, historians, attorneys, and academics whose lives were guided by this movement, the book holds broad applications in the study and continuation of social justice and activism today.

Table of Contents

Foreword – Latina(o) Civil Rights Movement: A Deferred Revolution

Donaldo Macedo


Chapter 1. Latino Educational Civil Rights: A Critical Sociohistorical Narrative Analysis

Anaida Colón-Muñiz and Magaly Lavadenz

Chapter 2. Recognizing Inequality and the Pursuit of Equity: A Legal and Social Equity Framework

Alberto M. Ochoa

Chapter 3. The Lemon Grove Desegregation Case: a Matter of Neglected History

Mike Madrid

Chapter 4. The Meaning of Méndez

Sandra Robbie

Chapter 5. My Recollection of a Failed Attempt to Return the Schools to the Public

Luis Fuentes (narrated by Anaida Colón-Muñiz)

Chapter 6. The BC 44, Ethnic Studies, and Transformative Education

Sonia Nieto

Chapter 7. Memoirs of El Centro: The Impact of the Civil Rights Movement in Higher Education

Pedro Pedraza

Chapter 8. The 1968 Los Angeles Chicano Walkout

Herman Sillas

Chapter 9. La Lucha Sigue: An Interview with Dolores Huerta

Magaly Lavadenz and Anaida Colón Muñiz

Chapter 10. I am a Chicana, I am Union, I am an Activist: The Struggle for Cultural, Educational and Linguistic Justice

Theresa Montaño

Chapter 11. Operation Chicano/a Teacher Program: A School-Based Equity Chicano Teacher Recruitment and Retention Program

Marta E. Sanchez

Chapter 12. I Don’t Speak My Mother’s Tongue

Evangelina "Gigi" Brignoni

Chapter 13. Becoming Myself in the World

Anaida Colón-Muñiz

Chapter 14. Proposition 227 and the Loss of Educational Rights—a personal perspective and quest for equitable educational programs for English Learners

María S. Quezada

Chapter 15. Latinos and Social Capitalization—Taking Back Our Schools

Magaly Lavadenz

Chapter 16. Latino Parent Engagement: Struggle, Hope, and Resistance

Pablo C. Ramirez

Chapter 17. A Concise History of the National Latino/a Education Research and Policy Project: Origins, Identity, Accomplishments, and Initiatives

Angela Valenzuela & Patricia Lopez


Peter McLaren and Suzanne SooHoo

Appendix: A Chronology of Educational Experiences of Latinos in Latin America and the United States 1538-2011

About the Authors

National Latino/a Education Research and Policy Project: National Advisory Board Members

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Anaida Colón-Muñiz is Associate Professor in the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University, USA. She teaches in the Multiple Subject, Master of Arts and Doctoral programs and is the Director of Community Education for the college’s community-based bookstore.

Magaly Lavadenz is Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Founding Director of the Center for Equity for English Learners at Loyola Marymount University, USA.


"This groundbreaking book gathers the stories of the struggle for social justice through the voices of Latina/o leaders in education. Offering poignant, moving testimonios and well-researched scholarly essays, this collection covers the significant court cases that ultimately ended the racist educational policies under Jim Crow."

–Norma E. Cantú, Professor of Latina/Latino Studies and English at the University of Missouri–Kansas City

"Latino Civil Rights in Education is a unique and rich compendium of compelling, wonderfully told reflections on activism, agency, and transformative resistance around improving schooling in the US for Chicanos/Mexicanos, Boricuas, and other Latinos. This book is a must-read for educators and scholars in Chicano or Boricua studies and anyone interested in social activism and organizing, qualitative inquiry, and/or indigenous methodologies."

–Reynaldo F. Macías, Professor of Chicana/o Studies, Education and Applied Linguistics at the University of California, Los Angeles