Civil rights activist Sylvia Mendez
to speak at Texas State Oct. 25
Civil rights activist Sylvia Mendez will speak at Texas State University Oct. 25, 2012.
By Ann Friou
Civil rights activist Sylvia Mendez will speak on “Critical Issues of Equity in Education” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at Texas State University. Her talk will be held in the Wittliff Collections, located on the seventh floor of Alkek Library.
Mendez is the oldest daughter of Gonzalo Mendez, a Mexican immigrant, and Felicitas Mendez, a Puerto Rican, who challenged segregation so that their children and other Latino children could obtain the same quality education provided to white students. Continue reading
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Martin Luther King Day:
A time to reflect — and look to the future at Texas State
Martin Luther King Day is a national holiday and historic celebration of the life and influence of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The holiday celebrates King’s Jan. 15 birthday each year.
King’s voice was a major influence in the civil rights movement throughout the 1960s, leading to acts of legislation signed into law by Texas State alumnus President Lyndon B. Johnson including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Through King’s leadership, millions of people were able to find a voice against discrimination in the United States and gain inspiration from his legacy.
Today, the United States commemorates Martin Luther King Day with celebrations in all 50 states. Don’t miss the MLK Celebration at Texas State on Tuesday, Jan. 17. Continue reading
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