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February 23, 2009

A Class Apart

The Story of Hernandez v. Texas;
A Milestone for Justice for Latinos

Watch tonight (9:00 p.m. EST) on your local Public Broadcasting Station (PBS)
FEBRUARY 23, 2009 - Tonight, the epic battle of one of the greatest legal achievements of the 20th century will be depicted on PBS. "A Class Apart" tells the story of the groundbreaking Hernandez v. Texas case, starting in Edna, Texas and going all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1954. Argued weeks before the internationally famous Brown v. Board of Education case but much less known, the unanimous Hernandez decision by the U.S. Supreme Court established that Mexican Americans in Texas, while previously (and arguably) treated as "white" under the law were in reality segregated as a class apart from the white mainstream and subject to discrimination, mistreatment and disregard by Texas law, society, governmental institutions and custom.
For more information visit PBS site: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/

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