Alex Bernal, Fullerton Civil Rights Hero, to Get His Day in the Academic Symposium Sun at UCLA Nov. 21
|Bernal and his family, in a 1943 Timephoto|
But I'm proud to announce that my alma mater, UCLA, is holding a symposium on Bernal's legacy next week.
"Doss v. Bernal: Mexican Apartheid in Orange County 1900-1943" will be held at the UCLA Faculty Center's California Room this coming Monday, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. And although part of me grits my teeth that Orange County historians are allowing an Orange County history event to happen in Los Angeles, it's a wholly OC affair. The curator is UCLA professor and OC resident Robert Chao Romero, the country's leading scholar on the Chinese in Mexico and who's directing his academic eye on Mexican segregation in Orange County from the beginning until today. Making a presentation is Luis F. Fernandez, the Cal State Fullerton grad who's the leading expert on the case. And, most importantly, the Bernal family will also be in attendance to give their reflections on their pioneering papi.
Congratulations, UCLA, for having the cojones to host this event. And to the Orange County Historical Society: what's up?