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Strategies of SegregationRace, Residence, and the Struggle for Educational Equality$
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David G. García

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520296862

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520296862.001.0001

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A Common Cause Emerges for Mexican American and Black Organizers

A Common Cause Emerges for Mexican American and Black Organizers

(p.100) Five A Common Cause Emerges for Mexican American and Black Organizers
Strategies of Segregation

David G. García

University of California Press

This chapter analyzes the increasing demographic presence of Mexican Americans and Blacks in the decades after World War II and the collective actions taken by these communities to challenge disparate material conditions and treatment in the growing city. It discusses the formation of two groups, the Oxnard–Ventura County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Ventura County Chapter of the Community Service Organization, and follows the convergence of their efforts in 1963, when they mobilized a common cause for school desegregation. In parallel and shared efforts, these neighbors contested unfair labor practices, inferior housing conditions, mistreatment by police, and unequal, racially segregated schools.

Keywords:   Blacks, Mexican Americans, collective actions, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, NAACP, Community Service Organization, school desegregation

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