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Presidential Medal of Freedom Winner Sylvia Mendez

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Photo: Sylvia Mendez, Presidential Medal of Freedom Winner on Education Equality

Sylvia Mendez has had a long career as a nurse in California and now, in her retirement, she travels around the country talking about education. But when she was a young girl, she and her siblings were denied access to the segregated school in their California town. Her parents sued for their children to be admitted to the school and won, and eventually the case paved the way for Brown vs. Board of Education in 1954. Sylvia's experiences back then, and her parents' example, led her to continue to fight for equality in education for all children. We'll talk about quality education for all American children and her experiences. 

Guest Sylvia Mendez - Civil rights activist whose parents sued for the right of her and her brothers to attend the segregated school in their California town in 1947. Their court case paved the way for Brown V Board of Education in 1954. In February, she received the Medal of Freedom from President Obama.