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.
March 12, 2020 CANCELLED (SEE BELOW)
Next meeting: April 9, 2020 (If the Good Lord's a'willin' and the plagues don't rise)

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March 12, 2020


Lonnie L. Feemster, President (775) 722-0042
NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112

Andrew Barbano, First Vice-President (775) 786-1455

March 12 Reno-Sparks NAACP meeting cancelled

RENO, Nev. — Reno-Sparks NAACP President Lonnie Feemster today announced responses to the Coronavirus/COVID 19 pandemic.

Lonnie L. Feemster

"A number of of people have indicated they will not be able to attend the scheduled Reno-Sparks Branch executive committee and general membership meetings on Thursday evening, March 12. Accordingly, I do not believe it possible to achieve a quorum for either. I am therefore postponing business until the regularly scheduled meeting of April 9, 2020.  Please call, text or email me if there are issues that need immediate attention," Feemster said.

"All committee work will continue and I have included some information (below) that may be of interest. Executive Committee and officers are being asked to determine if a special meeting may be required this month.

"After reviewing the U. S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advisory information and the Washoe County Health District spokesperson's input, I feel we can relieve some anxiety and reduce the speed of flu, which will help the local health agencies if there is an increase in the Corona Virus/Covid 19 problem in our community.  This is a rapidly changing situation and the information hereinbelow is also available at

Lonnie L. Feemster
President, Reno Sparks NAACP
Vice President, NAACP Tri-State Conference of Idaho/Nevada/Utah
Nevada State Director, NAACP National Voter Fund


Baltimore, MD (March 11, 2020) – On Sunday, March 15, at 8:00 p.m. EDT/5:00 Pacific, the NAACP will host an Emergency Tele-Town Hall — "Coronavirus: COVID-19 and its potential impact on communities of color."

As a civil rights organization and stewards of human rights, the NAACP is feverishly working to ensure that the policies and practices that are born out of this pandemic justly address the health, economic and social needs of all people.

In the United States alone, nearly 1,300 cases of COVID-19 have been reported. Because of the racial and economic inequalities embedded within our country’s infrastructure, the effects of the Coronavirus are likely to be compounded in Black and Brown communities.

“The truth is, there are so many within this nation that are disenfranchised from receiving adequate and affordable care due to socio-economic circumstances," stated Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO. “This virus will have dire consequences on so many, but specifically African Americans who suffer from higher rates of diabetes, hypertension, lung disease and heart disease.

"With guidance from our Emergency Management Task Force, our Environment and Climate Justice program has put together Ten Equity Implications of the Coronavirus Outbreak in the U.S. which can be viewed on our website," he noted.

Marjorie Innocent, Ph.D., NAACP senior director of health programs, stated, “The safety and well-being of our communities is our primary concern, and we will continue to advocate for access to quality, affordable and timely healthcare and the elimination of race-based discrimination so that the effects of this virus don’t linger long after the outbreak is managed.”

"The Emergency Tele-Town Hall will feature health experts and panelists who will speak to how we can lessen the negative repercussions of this pandemic on our communities." Media interested in joining the Tele-Town Hall may register here.


Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institute (CRATI) trains officers and representatives of local units to do the work of the NAACP. The CRATI reaches out to empower our civil rights leaders with new information and skills to aid in our fight for justice and equality. The CRATI is designed for each unit (Adult and Youth) to send participants who will train and lead others.

The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) have advised companies to not only consider canceling non-essential business travel, but to be prepared to modify, postpone, or cancel large events for the safety and well-being of participants.

Yesterday, President Johnson released the following statement regarding Travel Restrictions Due to the Coronavirus.

Given the serious and rapidly changing nature of the Coronavirus outbreak, the NAACP has instituted an immediate restriction on domestic and international travel for all staff. Keeping our staff and volunteer community safe and informed is our top priority. In this moment, it is important that we heed the advice of health officials to implement preventative safety measures. Unless absolutely necessary, staff travel will be restricted until further notice.

In light of this guidance and the threat COVID-19 could pose, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the upcoming Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institutes (CRATI).

We know how important this training is to the advocacy work of the NAACP and we will be working to provide an alternative to ensure that those needs are met. Look forward to receiving web-based training opportunities in the near future.

The most up-to-date guidance and resources about the Coronavirus may be accessed here.


The Reno-Sparks Branch and Laborers' International Union Local 169 are major sponsors of the region's annual César Chávez celebration which has been re-scheduled to Saturday, May 30, at Reno's Atlantis Resort. The late Dennis Myers will become the first journalist inducted into the César Chávez Nevada Labor Hall of Fame. (

Reno-Sparks Branch No 1112 will celebrate its founding at its 75th Anniversary Freedom Fund Banquet 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.

The Reno-Sparks Branch is part of the nation's oldest civil rights organization which dates from 1909.

Longtime Reno activist and business leader Lonnie L. Feemster is serving his fifth non-consecutive term as Reno-Sparks Branch president. He is Vice-President of the NAACP Tri-State Conference of Idaho/Nevada/Utah and Nevada State Director of the NAACP National Voter Fund.


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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



To e-mail all seven school board trustees, click here:<> Tune in, turn on, show up at the East 9th Street school board chambers. PERHAPS a final-final-final decision on re-naming the former Hug High will be made on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Perhaps. This is important! Stay tuned.

Annual Health and Environmental Justice Symposium

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

Latest Klannish Nevada racism reports

Darryl K. Feemster, Sr., 1962-2017

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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.




In hoc signo vinces.


    "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


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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.

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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

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