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Many Americans are familiar with Brown v. Board of Education, the court case that ended legal segregation in public schools nationally. Less well-known is Mendez v. Westminster. Nearly seven years before the Brown ruling, Mendez ended legally-sanctioned segregation of Latino students.

Today, on the 70th anniversary of that decision, Brigid Kelly of NPR’s Code Switch team reports on a project that is introducing a new generation to the history and the legacy of that case.

Flip through the pages of Mi Comida Latina and you may quickly fall under its spell. The pages of this cookbook beckon with vibrant watercolor illustrations and recipes written in the kind of delicate hand lettering that make us mourn penmanship as a dying art. The end result combines the charm of a children's book, the promise of a tasty meal and the intimacy of a journal.

In the 2012 presidential election, Mitt Romney won 27 percent of the Hispanic vote. Postmortem studies by the GOP concluded that Republicans would need to make major inroads with Hispanics in order to take the White House.

Hillary Clinton got side-eyed after blasting Jennifer Lopez's "Let's Get Loud" at a campaign stop in San Antonio where she called herself "La Hillary" and "Tu Hillary." Jeb Bush earned eye rolls after debuting a Spanish-language ad celebrating Cinco de Mayo.