An Extraordinary Experience just 4 miles from Disneyland
OC Peacewalk transports you into the secret heart of thoughtfully preserved Old Towne Orange, a uniquely beautiful setting that is truly a time capsule of California’s segregation era located just four miles from Disneyland. Block by block, hidden civil rights history and sites are revealed that set the stage for making California the first state to outlaw school segregation in 1947, helping pave the way to the landmark 1954 Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education.
Heartfelt Insights & Humor in a One-Woman Show
In 2019, Sandra Robbie, OC Peacewalk creator, was developing a one-woman comedy show entitled “Sandra Robbie’s Lady Parts” that explored the boxes we put ourselves and others into every day. She was aiming to take "Lady Parts" to college campuses across the country - then COVID changed everything. OC Peacewalk brings some of the spice of that dream and mixes it with Sandra's Mendez v. Westminster journey to create a “street theatre” performance sharing powerful history and stories of personal change through Sandra's experience as an Emmy-winning filmmaker and activist working for 20+ years promoting a story aimed at changing the way we teach history in our schools. Laughs sprinkled in along the way because that is how she rolls.
Connection & Critical Race Theory
OC Peacewalk links east coast and west coast Americana to reveal a picture of our country’s history that is more inclusive and offers different insights from what is currently presented in our classrooms. The American civil rights story is so much bigger than our history books tell us. Critical Race Theory? Oh yes, we're going to talk about it. In fact, we're going to walk right into it and examine it way up close.
90-Minute Walking Tour
This powerful 90-minute tour will fill you with respect for the history we share, excitement for what we have accomplished so far, and hope for the future we will create together in our United States of Americans. Perfect for teachers, students, couples, groups, families and diversity and inclusion trainings.
Scheduled OC Peacwalks happen on Saturdays from 10:00 am - 11:30 am, giving you time to tour then stroll through picturesque Old Towne Orange for an afternoon of dining, antiquing, shopping and more site-seeing.
Ticket Price: $25 per person
Happy Anniversary to Mendez & Me!
In Spring 2002, I was the “World’s Oldest Intern” at Orange County’s PBS station in Huntington Beach when I pitched the idea of doing a documentary on Mendez v. Westminster, the 1947 OC civil rights case that had the impact of making California the first state to outlaw school segregation, helping to pave the way to the landmark 1954 Supreme Court Case Brown v. Board of Education seven years later. Mendez took place during WWII and the Japanese internment. Among many surprises, then-California Governor Earl Warren and NAACP attorney Thurgood Marshall were involved in both the Mendez and Brown cases.
My very humble film “Mendez v. Westminster: For All the Children” premiered in September 2002 and went on to win a Golden Mic and Emmy Award. These honors truly helped this film reach a wider audience, moving me closer to reaching my goal of seeing Mendez studied and celebrated at schools and communities all across the country – not just because this is a Latino story (I am Latina from Westminster, California) but because I see Mendez as a story that finally desegregates the way we talk about American Civil Rights history to reveal so many important truths, including: We are all connected; Every voice matters; The American Civil Rights Struggle is about each and every one of us every day; It is up to us, We the People, to make freedom happen every day.
In the twenty years since my film debuted, I have continued to work to promote this history and have seen many dreams come true: Mendez honored at the White House, a commemorative Mendez U.S. postage stamp issued om 2007, hundreds of presentations across the county including Harvard, Stanford, U.S. Department of Education, and the Smithsonian…still, Mendez, with its 75-year anniversary in 2022, is still below the radar, and, with the experience of thousands of miles on this journey, my vision has been refined and clarified.
I realize that my dream isn’t really to see that Mendez per se is taught in our schools because there are many civil rights cases that are not taught in our schools, however Mendez can be a powerful tool for blowing down the walls to open up our classrooms to teach all of our stories and offer greater understanding about our collective experiences as humans in these United States because another life truth I know for sure is this: The stories we tell, tell us who we are and who we can be…and when we don’t include stories of all of our children, we are effectively telling them that they don’t matter, they have no value in our United States of Americans.
We can make change for the better for all of us. We can do this. OC Peacewalk is a step in the right direction. Thank you journeying with me.
This is it! The Emmy-winning film that launched Mendez v. Westminster into national awareness and classrooms across the country.
This humble 30-minute film will change your perspective on American Civil Rights history and open the door to share the stories of our United States of Americans.
See Mendez FREE today! Share with a teacher. Share with a friend. Make the world a better place, if you can.
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