LULAC Education Issues
LULAC works to advance the educational attainment of Latinos by engaging the community in advocacy and policy efforts at the local, state, and federal level. Feel free to click on any of the links below to learn more about what we're doing to advance the educational attainment of Latinos.
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), founded in 1929, is the oldest and most widely respected Hispanic civil rights organization in the United States of America. LULAC was created at a time in our country’s history when Hispanics were denied basic civil and human rights, despite contributions to American society. In response, the founders of LULAC created an organization that empowers its members to create and develop opportunities where they are needed most.
1929- The League of United Latin American Citizens is formed in Corpus Christi, Texas.
1931- Provided the organization and financial base for the Salvatierra vs. Del Rio Independent School District case, the first class action lawsuit against segregated "Mexican Schools" in Texas.
1933- Formed a committee in San Antonio which led to the formation of the Liga Defensa Pro-Escolar, later known as the "School Improvement League" that fought for better schools and better education.
1945- Successfully sued to integrate the Orange County school system, that had been segregated on the grounds that Mexican children were “more poorly clothed and mentally inferior to white children”.
1946- In Santa Ana, California, filed the Mendez vs. Westminster lawsuit which ended 100 years of segregation in California's public schools and becomes a key precedent for Brown vs. Board of Education.
1948- LULAC attorneys filed the Delgado vs. Bastrop I.S.D. lawsuit which ended the segregation of Mexican American children in Texas.
1957- Council 60 in Houston, Texas, piloted the "Little School of the 400" project, a pre-school program dedicated to teaching 400 basic English words to Spanish speaking pre-school children.
1960- LULAC Council 60 in Houston, Texas, worked to transform the Little School of the 400 to "Project Head Start" under the Lyndon B. Johnson administration.
1975- LULAC formed the "LULAC National Scholarship Fund" in order to centralize its scholarships gifts which dated back to 1932.
1990- LULAC filed the LULAC vs. Clements lawsuit which challenged the allocation of funds to Texas Universities.
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