El Modena’s Ramirez Family and the Desegregation of California Schools
Program & Ice Cream Social
Orange Public Library & History Center
407 East Chapman Avenue
The September Orange Community Historical Society meeting will be held in the Community Room at the Orange Public Library & History Center, located at 407 East Chapman Avenue in Orange, starting at 7:00 p.m. The evening will also feature an ice cream social.
The program will feature members of the Ramirez Family who were part of the Mendez et al v. Westminster et al court case that ended school segregation in the state of California. The Ramirez family took part as plaintiffs in the case, against the El Modena School District. The Lincoln and Roosevelt Schools were separated only by a playground, with Lincoln designated the Mexican school. Lorenzo Ramirez wanted his children to attend Roosevelt School and when his request was denied by then District Superintendent Harold G. Hammerstein, he joined Thomas Estrada, William Guzman, Gonzalo Mendez, and Frank Palomino in filing a petition to end school segregation. Learn more about the Ramirez family and their participation in this landmark court case, which helped pave the way for the landmark civil rights case Brown v. Board of Education.[Photo information: Photograph of the Ramirez family of El Modena, California. The family represented the El Modena community in the Mendez et al. v Westminster et al. case that desegregated schools in California in 1946. This photograph taken circa 1935 on Earlham Street and includes, from left to right, Lorenzo Ramirez, Ignacio Ramirez, Josefina Ramirez, and Silvino Ramirez. Orange Public Library.]