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Cruz Reynoso: Sowing The Seeds Of Justice

Airs Monday, September 5, 2011 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Cruz Reynoso in El Centro, California as young lawyer.

During his extraordinary life, Cruz Reynoso has been one of those rare individuals who are not only shaped by history-they make history. "Sowing The Seeds Of Justice" paints a portrait of Cruz Reynoso, a man who felt the sting of injustice as a child and later, as a lawyer, judge and teacher, fought for over five decades to eradicate discrimination and inequality for all.

Cruz Reynoso working as Supreme Court Justice.
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Above: Cruz Reynoso working as Supreme Court Justice.

Cruz Reynoso with the California Supreme Court Justices.
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Above: Cruz Reynoso with the California Supreme Court Justices.

The film begins with Cruz Reynoso's childhood where he was born into a Spanish-speaking farm worker family of eleven children. It shows his struggle to be educated, leading to his graduation from Pomona College in 1953 and from UC Berkeley Law School in 1958. He then became the first Latino Director of California Rural Legal Assistance and later one of the first Latino law professors in the country beginning his academic career at the University of New Mexico Law School.

His ascent to the California Supreme Court was a singular achievement, when he was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as the first Latino justice on that bench. Then in a heated recall campaign whose central issue was the death penalty, Reynoso and two other justices lost their seats.

As Vice Chair on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, he provided leadership in the only investigation of voting rights abuses in the 2000 election in Florida.

He received the country's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, for his lifelong devotion to public service and today at 78, he continues to teach law at UC Davis Law School and to actively participate in community organizations throughout the state of California.

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Trailer: Cruz Reynoso: Sowing The Seeds Of Justice

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Above: "Cruz Reynoso: Sowing The Seeds Of Justice" paints a portrait of a man touched by injustice as a child who dedicated his life to fighting discrimination and inequality as a lawyer, judge and teacher. The compelling biography, told through a combination of archival footage and interviews, charts Cruz Reynoso's humble origins, his appointment to the California Supreme Court (the first Latino justice to serve in the state's highest court) and more recently, his leadership on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.