Dismantling Jim Crow: 1954-1974
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 233 4th St NW Charlottesville, VA 22903
2014 is a significant year as it marks the anniversaries of three important events in America's history--the settling of the landmark court case Brown vs. Board of Education, the passing of the Civil Rights Act, and the advent of the Boston busing riots. Over the course of three days we will look at these events through three films and a conversation with Mildred W. Robinson, Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Virginia, about her book Law Touched Our Hearts: A Generation Remembers Brown v. Board of Education.
A Class Apart (2009) 49 min
A Class Apart is the first major film to bring to life the heroic post-World War II struggles of Mexican Americans against the Jim Crow-style discrimination targeted against them. A Class Apart is built around the landmark 1951 legal case Hernandez v. Texas, in which an underdog band of Mexican Americans from Texas bring a case all the way to the Supreme Court - and win. The film begins with a murder in a gritty small-town cantina and follows the legal journey of the Hernandez lawyers through the Texas courts and ultimately to the United States Supreme Court.
We see them forge a daring legal strategy that called their own racial identities into question by arguing that Mexican Americans were "a class apart" who did not neatly fit into a legal structure that only recognized blacks and whites.
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