I know there's more than a few history buffs out there, so this should exciteustedes
: next Wednesday, the Fullerton Public Library will host a seminar on the case of Alex Bernal,the Fullerton resident whose successful struggle
against a housing discrimination lawsuit filed against him in 1943 by white neighbors aghast that a Mexican wanted to live among them served as a catalyst for many iconic civil rights lawsuits.
But don't expect to hear a panel of boring academics drone on and on.
Three of Bernal's children--Maria Theresa and Irene, the Bernal daughters in the photo above that ran in Time, and Joe, who's writing a screenplay on his father's story--will be the focus of the panel; they will share their father's story and also bring the yellowed album that contains hundreds of letters sent to Bernal by a grateful nation after he won his case. Also on the panel will be Luis F. Fernandez, the recently graduated Cal State Fullerton grad student who just tiedDoss v. Bernal
to a Supreme Court decisionthat cited the Bernal case as precedent
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; he will share a mini-documentary recently done on the case and says he has finally unearthed a copy of theMarch of Time
radio program done on the Bernal story, the first time it will air in decades.
I will moderate the discussion but will limit my braying to opening remarks; the evening is about the Bernals. Show starts at 6 p.m. at the main branch of the Fullerton Public Library. See you there!