Mi Casa Es Mi Casa

How Fullerton resident Alex Bernal's 1943 battle against housing discrimination helped change the course of American civil rights

“All Dad wanted was a nice house for his wife and two kids,” says Maria Theresa. “He didn’t cry for a handout; he didn’t like to brag. He just did what he had to do.”

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Some of Alex Bernal's descendants: Angelica, Joseph and Alex Jr. (Back row, from left); Patricia (back row, second from right); Maria (middle row, second from left); and cute grandkids throughout
John Gilhooley
Some of Alex Bernal's descendants: Angelica, Joseph and Alex Jr. (Back row, from left); Patricia (back row, second from right); Maria (middle row, second from left); and cute grandkids throughout
The photo that appeared in Time featured (from left) Esther, Irene, Alex and Maria Theresa
Historical photo courtesy the Bernal family / Photo by John Giilhooley
The photo that appeared in Time featured (from left) Esther, Irene, Alex and Maria Theresa

This article appeared in print as "Mi Casa Es Mi Casa: How Fullerton produce-truck driver Alex Bernal helped change the course of American civil rights."

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