Latinos http://www.kunc.org en Before 'Brown V. Board,' Mendez Fought California's Segregated Schools http://www.kunc.org/post/brown-v-board-mendez-fought-californias-segregated-schools Sylvia Mendez says the only reason she wanted to go to an all-white school in California's Westminster District in the 1940s was because of its beautiful playground. The school that she and other Latino students were forced to attend didn't have monkey bars or swings.<p>"I was 9 years old," she says. "I just thought my parents wanted us to go to the nice-looking school."<p>But her parents, Gonzalo and Felicitas, were fighting for integration. Seven years before the Supreme Court's landmark decision in <em>Brown v. Fri, 16 May 2014 11:58:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 56594 at http://www.kunc.org Before 'Brown V. Board,' Mendez Fought California's Segregated Schools After Setbacks, Florida Governor Courts Latino Support http://www.kunc.org/post/after-setbacks-florida-governor-courts-latino-support In Florida, where Republican Gov. Rick Scott is running for re-election, he's got a few things going for him. The state's economy has rebounded from the recession and he's on track to raise at least $100 million for his reelection bid.<p>But Scott's campaign has recently run into trouble with an important group of voters — Hispanics.<p>Latinos make up just 14 percent of Florida's electorate. But, as a bloc of voters, they have the power to swing elections statewide.<p>Although Scott has not formally announced his re-election bid, he is working to court the Hispanic vote. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:28:00 +0000 Greg Allen 55089 at http://www.kunc.org After Setbacks, Florida Governor Courts Latino Support A Different Kind Of Catholicism Grows In Latino Communities http://www.kunc.org/post/different-kind-catholicism-grows-latino-communities In the Saint Anthony of Padua Church in the Bronx, Wednesday night is prayer meeting night.<p>Fifty people gather in the spare assembly room for a ceremony that looks very different from a Catholic Sunday Mass.<p>For one thing, the service is led by a woman rather than a male priest. She preaches excitedly while a rock band of young Salvadoran immigrants backs her up.<p>Some people in the audience hold up their hands; others are swaying gently. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:12:00 +0000 Maria Hinojosa 53589 at http://www.kunc.org A Different Kind Of Catholicism Grows In Latino Communities Poll Findings: On Cuban-Americans And The Elusive 'American Dream' http://www.kunc.org/post/poll-findings-cuban-americans-and-elusive-american-dream Among Latinos, no group may have achieved the American dream as fully as Cuban-Americans.<p>Since arriving here, as a community, they've prospered. Surveys show they graduate from college at greater rates and have higher levels of homeownership than most other Latino groups.<p>But <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/01/21/263502571/a-new-poll-takes-a-look-at-views-from-latino-america">a new poll</a> suggests that, for many Cuban-Americans, the dream is becoming elusive. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 10:23:00 +0000 Greg Allen 53566 at http://www.kunc.org Poll Findings: On Cuban-Americans And The Elusive 'American Dream' Poll Focuses On Views From A Wide Array Of Latino Americans http://www.kunc.org/post/poll-focuses-views-wide-array-latino-americans You've probably heard a lot about "the Latino voter" or the way companies are trying to win over "the Latino consumer."<p>It's a cliché to point out that Latinos, like every other ethnic group, are not monolithic. But let's say it one more time, anyway: Latinos are not monolithic.<p>That's underscored by a new major poll of nearly 1,500 Latino Americans by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 10:15:00 +0000 53551 at http://www.kunc.org Poll Focuses On Views From A Wide Array Of Latino Americans