• "...the story of the nation's first successful legal challenge to school segregation." -New York Times

  • "...trenchant and poignant." -Washington Post

  • "...a successful marriage of drama and documentation, rare in the genre." -Daily Star

  • "...an educational experience that doesn't bog down." - Houston Post

  • "...the story is told with quiet dignity that underlines the stupidity of all ethnic prejudices." -NC News Service

Focusing on one of the earliest school desegregation cases in U.S. history, The Lemon Grove Incident utilizes a unique combination of dramatized scenes, documentary interviews, and historical footage. The film examines the response of the Mexican American community in Lemon Grove, California, to a 1930 school board attempt to create a segregated school for the Mexican American children of the district.

Focusing on one of the earliest school desegregation cases in U.S. history, The Lemon Grove Incident utilizes a unique combination of dramatized scenes, documentary interviews, and historical footage. The film examines the response of the Mexican American community in Lemon Grove, California, to a 1930 school board attempt to create a segregated school for the Mexican American children of the district.

  • National PBS broadcast
  • CINE Golden Eagle
  • Gold Award, Houston International Film Festival
  • Three Emmys, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, San Diego Chapter, Best Historical-Cultural Program, Set Decoration and Photography/Other than News; program also nominated for Best Director, Writer (Espinosa) and Editor
  • Finalist, American Film Festival Certificate of Merit, American Bar Association
  • John Swett Award for Media Excellence, California Teachers Association
  • Ohio State Award, Achievement of Merit
  • Chris Bronze Plaque, Columbus International Film Festival
  • Recognition of Special Merit, California School Boards Association
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival
  • Selected for screening in "Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation, 1965-1985," UCLA Wight Gallery, Fall and traveling nationwide.
  • Honorable Mention, National Educational Film Festival
    Cruzando Fronteras Film Fest, Washington, D.C.
  • San Sebastian (Spain) International Film Festival
  • CHOICE Magazine, Outstanding Nonprint Materials
  • Selected for inclusion in "Los Vecinos/The Neighbors," a special international exhibition of images of life on the U.S./Mexico border by the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego and exhibited throughout Mexico by the National Council of Culture and the Arts
  • Nominee, Imagen Award, National Conference of Christians and Jews

For more information about this topic, check out the following links:

  • Journal of San Diego History: This article from the San Diego Historical Society details the landmark court case and links to historical photos.



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The Lemon Grove Incident (1985)

Producer/Writer
Director/Editor
Cinematographer

Paul Espinosa
Frank Christopher
Russell Carpenter

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting
California Council for the Humanities
PBS-Mellon Foundation Grant
Helene and Detmar Waltar Endowment Fund

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