Roberto Alvarez, Ph.D., UCSD, Ethnic Studies, and Director of the Center for Global California Studies, will discuss the nation’s first successful school desegregation court case of 1930, which occurred in San Diego County’s own Lemon Grove. The lecture will provide an overview of the court case in the context of race desegregation in the U.S. prior to 1954 Brown vs. the Board. The presentation emphasizes the role of the Mexican-American and immigrant populations in U.S. school desegregation.

The lecture will include the screening of the PBS award winning docu-drama “The Lemon Grove Incident” which was based on Dr. Alvarez’s research. Dr. Alvarez is a member of the Lemon Grove community, and his father was the litigant in the first successful desegregation school court case in the U.S.: Roberto Alvarez vs. The Lemon Grove School Board.