Podcast: Saving Segregated “Mexican” Schools

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

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Los Angeles Times

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