NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112

Founded 1944

Reno-Sparks NAACP executive committee and general membership meetings
Second Thursday of each month
Northern Nevada Hopes
Third Floor Community Room
580 W. 5th Street @ Ralston * Reno, NV 89503
Executive Committee 6:00 p.m.
General Membership 7:00 p.m.
Next meeting: March 12, 2020

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Under Fire
School trustees cancel 2-26 vote re-naming Hug High
Open meeting law violation and conflicts of interest alleged
Former Reno-Sparks NAACP President Dolores Feemster back in the hunt
Barbwire by
Andrew Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 2-26-2020 Sparks Tribune


The Branch press release announcing the event delivered not only contributions which paid for program printing at a surplus, but also scored KOLO TV-8 news in addition to the following.
Great work, everyone.

Reno-Sparks NAACP hosts new annual symposium to discuss health care
By Jeri Chadwell / News Editor / Reno News & Review 2-20-2020

NAACP hosts Health & Environmental/Climate Justice Symposium
9:00a.m.-2:00p.m. / Saturday Feb. 15 / University of Nevada-Reno / Student Union / 4th Floor


Lonnie Feemster (775) 722-0042
Patricia Gallimore (775) 846-2952

Andrew Barbano
(775) 786-1455

RENO — The Reno-Sparks NAACP's major Black History Month event happens this Saturday at the University of Nevada. the Reno-Sparks Branch's Inaugural Health & Environmental/Climate Justice Symposium.

Blue chip panels of experts will speak and answer green questions on the (figuratively and literally) burning health issues of our time.

Attendance is free and lunch will be provided at no charge for the first 100 who make reservations at (775) 322-2992. Attendees may park at no charge in the nearby Brian Whalen or Stadium West garages.

After event expenses, proceeds will be earmarked for the Branch scholarship fund.

Dr. John Wynn and the late Pastor Live M. Tau will be honored with achievement awards. A complete agenda and list of speakers may be accessed at

The Reno-Sparks Branch is one of only 10 affiliates in the nation to receive foundational funding through a grant from the newly established NAACP Environmental/Climate Justice Program. Local sponsors include the UNR School of Medicine's Sanford Center on Aging, the City of Reno and the Washoe County Health District.

Reno-Sparks Branch No 1112 will celebrate its founding at its 75th Anniversary Freedom Fund Dinner this coming October. An array of other events involving the US Census, voter education and registration, among others, will be announced as they are finalized. Next up: Nevada César Chávez Day XVIII, March 31, 2020, at the Atlantis Resort.



Reno-Sparks NAACP UNR Symposium Agenda 2-15-2020

Foundational funding by a grant from the NAACP Environmental/Climate Justice Program.
The Reno-Sparks Branch has been honored as one of 10 inaugural recipients.

For further information, luncheon reservations and/or contributing to support the event, call (775) 322-2992 or e-mail Patricia Gallimore or Janet Serial. Thank you.

Springtime for fat cats & unburied hatchets
Blast from the Past: One of Dolores Feemster's greatest hits is made current by The New York Times.
Barbwire by
Andrew Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 2-12-2020 Sparks Tribune

Love saves a life on Reno's mean streets
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 2-5-2020 Sparks Tribune

Courage and repression: Black history has lessons for us all
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review cover story 2-7-14

Reno-Sparks NAACP Commemorates "Great White Hope" Fight of the Century

In hoc signo vinces.



MLK weekend events

NEW JIM CROW AUTHOR: "Everything has changed and nothing has changed"

INJUSTICE ON REPEAT: From mass incarceration to mass deportation, our nation remains in denial
By Michelle Alexander / The New York Times / Jan. 17 & 19, 2020
Printable text version

Ms. Alexander has just released the 10th anniversary edition of her seminal bestseller, "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness," from which the above is adapted.



    "America fought the Civil War to end forced, unpaid labor and this country still suffers from the bitter after-effects." —
Mike Pilcher, President, Northern Nevada Central Labor Council/AFL-CIO

    "We discovered fossil fuels which allowed us to replace slavery with fossil fuels. That's what China and India and other countries want to do now. But if they do it the way we did, we're all going down together." — Environmentalist Bill McKibben, former head of NASA's Goddard Institute of Space Studies, Rolling Stone Magazine, 12 Jan. 2017


    "You can say there's no such thing as slavery, we're all citizens. But if we're all citizens, then we have a task to do to make sure that that, too, is not a joke. If some citizens live in houses and others live on the street, the Civil War is still going on. It's still to be fought and regrettably, it can still be lost."
Dr. Barbara Fields featured on Ken Burns' Emmy-winning The Civil War miniseries, PBS 1990


Dear Friends: When you get into PayPal, you may use the "send instructions to the seller" prompt to inform us exactly what your donation covers. You may use the secure PayPal link below for Freedom Fund Dinner reservations, Reno-Sparks NAACP memberships and general donations. Some people purchasing dinner reservations or memberships have been confused by the world "DONATE" on the PayPal button. (That was the most generic option they offered.) Not to worry. Just do it. We have no bureaucracy. Should you encounter any problems, please notify us right away or call (775) 786-1455. Thanks so much for your continued support. Andrew Barbano, First VP

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NAACP Reno/Sparks Branch #1112
Phone: (775) 322-2992
P.O. Box 7757
Reno, NV 89510

Membership Meetings
Second Thursday of each month
Executive Committee 6:00 p.m/General Membership 7:00 p.m.
Northern Nevada Hopes
Third Floor Community Room
580 W. 5th Street @ Ralston * Reno, NV 89503

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NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112
P.O. Box 7757
Reno, NV 89510
Phone (775) 322-2992


2019-20 Officers

Lonnie L. Feemster, President
Andrew Barbano, First Vice-President
Patricia Gallimore, Second Vice-President
Donald Gallimore, Sr., Third Vice-President

Cheryl (Cheri) Vocelka, Secretary
Ms. CJ Miller
, Assistant Secretary
Stephanie McCurry, Treasurer
Shannon Gallimore, Assistant Treasurer

Executive Committee
Lucille Adin, Twice Past-President
Ken Dalton, Past-President
Norris Dupree, Jr., Ph.D.
Duane Foster
Terrell Foster, Ph.D.
Toni Harris
Dorothy Ingraham
Adrian Lowry
Jane Moon
Bertha Mullins
Joyce Newman
Wendell Newman
Janet Serial
Nnedi Stephens
John Aaron White, Esq.
Ambassador Victor Wowo, Sr.

Annual Dues: $30 for individuals
Please make checks payable to:
NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch.
Please send to the above address.

Please click here or call for additional membership and sponsorship information.
Youth membership and corporate sponsorships
are also available.
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Monthly meetings
Second Thursday of each month
Northern Nevada Hopes
Third Floor Community Room
580 W. 5th Street * Reno, NV 89503
Executive Committee 6:00 p.m.
General Membership 7:00 p.m.

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Useful Links

Other Nevada Branches "Contributions, heritage and culture of people who have not been well-represented in northern Nevada’s public image." Student-produced series supervised by former Reno-Sparks Branch President Kenneth Dalton, which led to the following article—>

African-Americans who have shaped Nevada
Several Reno-Sparks Branch members past & present profiled
Matthew B. Brown / Nevada Magazine Jan-Feb 2014

Nevada Humanities Civil Rights Gallery

History of Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112
University of Nevada Special Collections

Womens' History Month: Alice Lucretia Smith
Nevada Womens' History Project
honors branch founder and former president
By Kay Sanders / Reno Gazette-Journal / Sunday 3-24-2019

Alice Lucretia Smith, 1902-1990

The Nevada Black History Project

Nevada NAACP in the Civil Rights Era

University of California Oral History Project
1961 Interview with Tarea Pittman
NAACP West Coast Regional Director
History of Civil Rights in Nevada
University of Nevada Oral History Program

Includes links to the story of the fabled Las Vegas Moulin Rouge and the legacies of civil rights giants Lubertha Johnson, Gov. Grant Sawyer, Ralph Denton and Clarence Ray

Lubertha Miller Johnson (1906-1989): NAACP branch president, Nevada civil rights and womens' rights pioneer

Reno-Sparks Branch Past-Presidents Honor Roll

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