The Kentucky Migrant Fall Academy was held in Louisville, KY November 13-15. Webster County students attended along with the district's Migrant Coordinator, Robert "Sherrill" Tanner.
The students had the privilege of interviewing Sylvia Mendez, the keynote speaker for the conference. Sylvia Mendez is an American civil rights activist of Mexican-Puerto Rican heritage. At age eight, he was denied entry to an all-white school in Westminster, California. She and her family played an instrumental role in the Mendez v. Westminster case, the landmark desegregation case of 1946. Her family’s case paved the way in 1947 for the famous Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education which led to desegregation of schools across the country eight years later. Sylvia Méndez received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.
L to R: Erick Escalante,Paola Rivera, Sylvia Mendez, Kerem Vazquez L to R: Paola Rivera, Sylvia Mendez, Erick Escalante