Marfa, Texas is known internationally for its arts scene. But on the south side of town, there’s this old school. This is a school where teachers once paddled Latino students to speak Spanish. Today, some of those same students – grandparents and retirees in their 80s – are working to save the long-closed Blackwell School and make it a National Historic Site to teach the history of segregated schools to Latinos at United States.
Host: Gustavo Arellano
Guests: Molly Hennessy-Fiske, LA Times Houston bureau chief
Save the school where children were paddled out to speak Spanish
Lorenzo Ramirez, late plaintiff in a famous case of school desegregation, honored by Orange
Mendez against segregation: 70 years later, the famous case “does not only concern Mexicans”. It’s about everybody coming together’
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