Sylvia Mendez
WATCH: See Latina Who Fought Segregation Receive Highest Presidential Honor
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 02/04/2011 - 11:09

She was a civil rights hero at age 8, a Rosa Parks before Rosa Parks whose struggle to end school segregation is still shockingly little known by the public, but nevertheless inspired a postal stamp. At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sylvia Mendez will receive an even bigger honor: the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest award given by the commander in chief. If there was ever a reason to watch a live stream of White House event (at whitehouse.gov/live), this is it.


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Education Activist Sylvia Mendez to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom
By Mariela Rosario | 11/18/2010 - 10:11

Sylvia Mendez learned about discrimination at a very young age. When she was just eight years old, her parents attempted to enroll her in a local all-White school, but were refused and told to take their daughter to the all-Mexican school in their California community. Her parents refused, especially when they witnessed the abundance of resources at the all-White school.


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Chita Rivera Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom
By Mariela Rosario | 08/12/2009 - 13:25

Two time Tony Award–winning actress Chita Rivera was honored by President Barack Obama today. Obama presented the boricua legend with a Presidential Medal of Freedom; she was one of 16 recipients. 


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