Humberto Noé “Bert” Corona, Union Leader and Civil Rights Activist

May 29, 1918 is the birthday of Humberto Noé “Bert” Corona, a union, political and civil rights activist who spent over 70 years of his life in public service.  Corona was born in El Paso, Texas, to Mexican parents.  He received a basketball scholarship to the University of Southern California, but dropped out to work full-time in labor organizing.  Corona worked in numerous organizations, including the Longshoremen’s Union, La Hermandad Mexicana Nacional, Community Service Organization, and La Asociación Nacional Mexico-Americana (ANMA).  In the book “Memories of Chicano History”, he wrote, “I never planned my life. It just happened the way it did. I’m proud that I was able at certain times to help organize a plant or a community group and that these organizations helped people struggle to better their lives.”

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