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Clyde Tyrone Alexander discusses his father, Clyde Alexander, and his impact in San Bernardino housing construction and westside development from the 1950s through the 90s. He details the racism in the construction unions, banking and development and how Black construction workers worked to support each other, to challenge those barriers, and to create pathways for more Black workers from the westside to profit from building new developments. He explains the path his father took into becoming a developer, even working to buy a bank, with the support of a few white developers he worked closely with. Tyrone Alexander explains his father’s role in key developments like Orangewood Estates and City Hall. He explains why his father was against building concentrated low-income housing in black communities and recounts the successes of his father, and the impact he had on him and the community of San Bernardino.


Interview conducted by Ratibu Jacocks.