Bernal, Joe, 1927-

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Educator and elected official. Born Mar. 1, 1927, in San Antonio, Texas; attended Trinity Univ. (B.A., 1950) and Our Lady of the Lake College (M.Ed., 1956) in San Antonio, and the University of Texas at Austin (Ph.D. 1978). Married Mary Esther Martinez in 1956. Elected to Texas House of Representatives in 1964, to Texas Senate in 1966, where he served until 1971. Known as a liberal Democrat who espoused the interests of minorities, the elderly, and the disadvantaged, Bernal also taught in the public schools for 13 years, and worked as a social worker and community activist. Served on the board of directors of MALDEF, on the Democratic National Committee, and as regional director of ACTION, a federal agency which coordinated volunteer activities. Co-authored books on the Texas Rangers and on bilingual education.

From the guide to the Joe J. Bernal Papers 23665826., 1942-1981, (Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin)

Joe Bernal was born José María Bernal, Jr., in San Antonio, Texas in 1927. He graduated from Lanier High School in 1944 where he was a member of the student council. He served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1946. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology in 1950 from Trinity University, a Master of Education Degree in 1956 at Our Lady of the Lake College, and a Ph.D. in 1978 at the University of Texas in Austin. He married Mary Esther Martínez and taught in the Edgewood and San Antonio Independent School Districts. He was chairman of the Mexican American Democrats of Texas (MAD), won his first election as a Democratic Party precinct chair in 1950, and campaigned for Ralph W. Yarborough. He was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1964 and to the Texas Senate in 1966, serving until he was defeated in his 1972 bid for reelection. A proponent of bilingual education, he worked in school administration in the Edgewood and Harlandale Independent School Districts before his election in 1996 to the Texas State Board of Education where he served through 2006.

From the description of Oral history interview with Joe Bernal, 2003 [videorecording]. (University of Texas at Arlington). WorldCat record id: 420511737

Educator and elected official.

Born Mar. 1, 1927, in San Antonio, Texas; attended Trinity Univ. (B.A., 1950) and Our Lady of the Lake College (M. Ed., 1956) in San Antonio, and the University of Texas at Austin (Ph. D. 1978). Married Mary Esther Martínez in 1956. Elected to Texas House of Representatives in 1964, to Texas Senate in 1966, where he served until 1971. Known as a liberal Democrat who espoused the interests of minorities, the elderly, and the disadvantaged, Bernal also taught in the public schools for 13 years, and worked as a social worker and community activist. Served on the board of directors of MALDEF, on the Democratic National Committee, and as regional director of ACTION, a federal agency which coordinated volunteer activities. Co-authored books on the Texas Rangers and on bilingual education.

From the description of Joe J. Bernal papers, 1942-1981, bulk 1964-1979. (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 23665826

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creatorOf Bernal, Joe, 1927-. Oral history interview with Joe Bernal, 2003 [videorecording]. University of Texas at Arlington, Central Library
creatorOf Bernal, Joe, 1927-. Joe J. Bernal papers, 1942-1981, bulk 1964-1979. University of Texas Libraries
creatorOf Joe J. Bernal Papers 23665826., 1942-1981 Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin
referencedIn Van de Putte, Leticia,. Oral history interview with Leticia Van de Putte 2003 [videorecording]. University of Texas at Arlington, Central Library
referencedIn Moya, Richard, 1932-. Oral history interview with Richard Moya, 2003 [videorecording]. University of Texas at Arlington, Central Library
referencedIn Luna, Gregory,. Oral history interview with Gregory Luna, 1996 [videorecording]. University of Texas at Arlington, Central Library
creatorOf Bernal, Joe, 1927-. Joe Bernal : commercials, 1972. University of Oklahoma, Political Community Archives
referencedIn Canales, Alma, 1947-. Oral history interview with Alma Canales, 1997 [videorecording]. University of Texas at Arlington, Central Library
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associatedWith Carter, David. person
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associatedWith Díaz, Margaret. person
associatedWith Diaz, Margaret person
associatedWith Disciples of Christ (San Antonio, Tex.) corporateBody
associatedWith Evans, David. person
associatedWith Gonzalez, Henry B. (Henry Barbosa), 1916- person
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associatedWith Guadalupe Community Center (San Antonio. Tex.) corporateBody
associatedWith Guadalupe Community Center (San Antonio. Tex.) corporateBody
associatedWith Gutiérrez, José Angel, person
associatedWith Hirohito, Emperor of Japan, 1901-1989. person
associatedWith Inman Christian Center (San Antonio, Tex.) corporateBody
associatedWith Lombardino, Frank. person
associatedWith Luna, Gregory, person
associatedWith MacArthur, Douglas, 1880-1964. person
associatedWith Maldonado, Juan. person
associatedWith Medrano, Francisco 'Pancho' person
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associatedWith Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund corporateBody
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associatedWith Peña, Albert person
associatedWith Raza Unida Party (Tex.) corporateBody
associatedWith Rodríguez, Benito. person
associatedWith Sanchez, Tony person
associatedWith Tejano Democrats. corporateBody
associatedWith Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives corporateBody
associatedWith Texas. Legislature. Senate corporateBody
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associatedWith Texas. State Board of Education. corporateBody
associatedWith Texas Tech University. corporateBody
associatedWith Tovar, José Luís. person
associatedWith United Farm Workers. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army, Pacific. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Works Progress Administration. corporateBody
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Texas, South
San Antonio (Tex.)
San Antonio (Tex.)
Rio Grande City (Tex.)
Texas
Texas
Texas--San Antonio
Paseo del Rio (San Antonio, Tex.)
San Antonio (Tex.)
Manila (Philippines)
Texas--San Antonio
Tokyo (Japan)
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Mexican Americans--Study and teaching (Higher)
Mexican Americans--Politics and government
Mexican American soldiers
Race discrimination
Migrant agricultural laborers
Migrant agricultural laborers--Texas
Labor laws and legislation--Texas
Police brutality
Campaign funds
Gang prevention
Educational law and legislation
Civil rights--Law and legislation
Educational law and legislation--Texas
Apportionment (Election law)
Mexican American teachers
Mexican Americans--Texas--Politics and government
Labor laws and legislation
Education, Bilingual
Television advertising
Mexican Americans
Mexican Americans--Interviews
Mexican American legislators
Politics, Practical
Mexican Americans--Texas--San Antonio
Youth and violence
Advertising, political
Public housing
Gerrymandering
Mexican American Catholics
Mexican American politicians
Labor unions
Civil rights--Law and legislation--Texas
Public schools--Laws and legislation--Texas
Education, Bilingual--Texas
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Birth 1927

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Spanish; Castilian

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