NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112

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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: August 8, 2019

Updated 7-16-2019 GMT

BREAKING NEWS AND THEN SOME—>

Racism Comes Out of the Closet
By Nobel Prize Winner Paul Krugman / nytimes.com 7-15 / The New York Times 7-16-2019

 

SUMMER SCHOOL HEAT

BREAKING NEWS AND THEN SOME—>


Washoe County School Board fires superintendent after 6-1 vote
By Kayla Anderson / Sparks Tribune 7-3-2019

[July 1, 2019] — Reno Sparks NAACP President Lonnie Feemster observes Traci Davis speaking to reporters after her termination. [Photo: John Byrne, Sparks Tribune]

 

 

 

Reno News & Review Traci Davis Trilogy
Reno's alternative weekly newspaper makes criticism unanimous among major local print media

Board of Bunglers: School board fails to make case against Davis
Reno News & Review Editorial / 7-11-2019

No one came off looking good in l'Affaire Davis Telenovela
Censoring and barring outstanding N. Valleys High School valedictorian subsumed by board bickering
Former State Sen. Sheila Leslie / Reno News & Review 7-11-2019

Now what? Interview with interim school board boss
Sparks Tribune Barbwire and This is Reno website decry Davis debacle
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 7-11-2019

 

We Don't Need No Education Part LXXXIX—>
Alfred E. Neuman for Washoe school superintendent
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 7-10-2019 Sparks Tribune

Witness at the execution: School superintendent fired 6-1
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 7-3-2019 Sparks Tribune

Gang banging on 9th Street
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno
/ Special Barbwire Confidential Extra Edition / 7-1-2019

NAACP investigating racism & discrimination at WCSD in light of allegations against School Superintendent Traci Davis: Vote on termination scheduled for July 1
Branch President Lonnie Feemster questions shutdown of school district administration building
KRNV TV-4 / KRXI TV-11 / 6-27-2019

Tales out of school: Time to change the ground rules
"The Traci Davis matter is proof positive that demonizing one school board and replacing it with another is no way to conduct public affairs....There was no excuse for the districtís behavior...."
Reno News & Review Editorial / 6-27-2019

School district shuts down central offices to foil Davis return
Employees given two days off with pay
KRNV TV-4 / KRXI TV-11 / 6-26-2019

Taxpayers pay for two days off after shutdown of school district central admin building for vague reasons
(Traci Davis was out of town)
By Siobhan McAndrew / Reno Gazette-Journal 6-26-2019

MayDay for renters, movie fans and avengers
Barbwire
by Andrew Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 5-1-2019 Sparks Tribune



Breaking News —>

Former Branch President Recovering from Kidney Transplant Surgery

Salt Lake City, UT (June 18) — Former Reno-Sparks Branch president (1997-98) and current executive committee member Kenneth B. Dalton remains hospitalized in Salt Lake City after successful kidney transplant surgery. He is a retired Reno firefighter.

Current President Lonnie Feemster spoke with Mr. Dalton on June 18.

"I let him know of the many inquiries of concern for him and his condition. He was moved by the outpouring of love and expressed his sincere appreciation," Mr. Feemster stated. "He was in good spirits and is recuperating well," he added.

Watch this space for updates and keep him in your prayers.

UPDATE June 25, 2019 8:44:33 AM PDT — FROM KENNY VIA SHAYNE DEL COHEN: "DOING GREAT — Hey SHAYNE. I just got back from 1.9 mile walk."

From: Ken Dalton
To: <barbano@frontpage.reno.nv.us>
Subject: Humbled
Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2019 23:18:05

Hey Andy
I am doing well and building up my strength every day so I can get home as soon as possible. I am humbled by the community’s concern with my recuperation. Hope to be home soon.
Thank you,
Kenny

Photo array courtesy of Our Story, Inc., Mr. Dalton's highly honored non-profit television project chronicling the history of African Americans in Nevada.




ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:
NAACP LEADER SLAIN IN JACKSON — PROTESTS MOUNT

13 June 1963 (The New York Times) — A day after President Kennedy asked all citizens to take up the cause of civil rights, Medgar Evers, Mississippi Field Secretary for the NAACP, was assassinated in front of his home. Myrlie Evers, his wife, told protestors that night that "her husband had spoken of death last Sunday and said he was ready to go," The Times reported. Byron De La Beckwith was finally convicted of the murder three decades later.

NAACP President Lonnie Feemster responds to Sen. Ira Hansen's slavery comments
Barbwire
by Andrew Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 4-24-2019 Sparks Tribune

Politics does not reward the shy
Rent justification and a death penalty for corporate depredation
UPDATE: Fairness for tenants dies 4-12 unless lawmakers throw it a lifeline
Barbwire
by Andres Luis Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 4-10-2019 Sparks Tribune

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY: On April 9, 1939, world-renowned contralto Marian Anderson performed before an audience of 75,000 in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. She had been banned from Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the American Revolution because of her skin color. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt promptly quit the DAR (many others followed) and arranged for her to sing in front of the statue of President Lincoln. U.S. Dept. of Interior Secretary Harold Ickx addressed the crowd. Her performance included "My Country 'Tis of Thee" and Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria." Legendary conductor Arturo Toscanini called her voice "one that comes along every hundred years." A film of the event was circulated to U.S. public schools in the early 1950's...On April 9, 1968, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was laid to rest in Atlanta, Georgia. Per King's request, his good friend Mahalia Jackson sang his favorite hymn, "Take My Hand, Precious Lord."

HISTORY IN THE MAKING
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak delivered the keynote address at
César Chávez Celebration XVII 3-27-2019.

Reno-Sparks NAACP President Lonnie Feemster introduced the governor.

His own Man: Nevada Legislature learned to work with a black senator
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 2-21-2019 / Review of "The Westside Slugger: Joe Neal's lifelong fight for social justice"
Clarification about the review: In 2003, Sen. Neal won passage of an increase in Nevada's gambling tax on the state's largest, most profitable casinos.
It has not risen since he retired in 2004.
Sen. Neal and author John L. Smith will autograph copies on March 27 at César Chávez XVII at the Grand Sierra-Reno.

The event will pay tribute to the memory of NAACP matriarch and former president Dolores Feemster, who died in 2018, as well as to former Nevada Attorney General and Chief Justice Charles Springer, who died on Feb. 19. Springer stands with the giants for his lifelong advocacy of all aspects of human rights (civil rights, minority rights, women's rights, workers' rights). Sen. Neal, D-N. Las Vegas (ret.), will lead a tribute to his fellow César Chávez NevadaLabor.com Hall of Famerand legislative colleague Assemblymember Bob Price (IBEW 357/AFL-CIO), D-N. Las Vegas (ret.), who passed away on January 4, 2019.

The Reno-Sparks Branch will sign up new members and register voters, as usual.

Hot off the press: "The Westside Slugger"
The life and times biography of Joseph M. Neal, Jr.

Nevada's first African-American senator

By Nevada Press Association Hall of Famer John L. Smith
Published in January 2019 by the University of Nevada Press



54 Years Ago This Week

March 22, 1965 — Two weeks after Martin Luther King's first attempt to lead a march from Selma, Ala., was routed on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, a new processsion started for Montgomery. This time, protected by federal troops, the group walked seven miles on the first day of their journey to deliver a civil rights petition to the capital.

"The Alabama march appears destined for a niche in the annals of great protest demonstrations," The New York Times reported.

— From The New York Times 3-22-2019

 

Womens' History Month: Alice Lucretia Smith, 1902-1990
Nevada Womens' History Project honors branch founder and former president
By Kay Sanders / Reno Gazette-Journal / Sunday 3-24-2019


Trump's Wall: First step toward ending Nixon's War on Drugs
"Our for-profit prisons overflow with mostly black and brown people convicted of dastardly crimes like possession of two ounces of the Demon Weed."
Barbwire by Andres Luis Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 2-20-2019 Sparks Tribune

BLACK LIKE ME 2119: The problem as solution
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 2-13-2019 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


 


Sands of time blast the milestones of life

Nevada MLK weekend events announced
NAACP Matriarch Dolores Feemster (1929-2018) will be honored at annual MLK dinner in Reno
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 1-16-2019 Sparks Tribune

Dolores Feemster 1929-2018

 

Hall of Fame Nevada Assemblymember Bob Price Dies

Hot off the press: "The Westside Slugger"
The life and times biography of Joseph M. Neal, Jr.

Nevada's first African-American senator

By Nevada Press Association Hall of Famer John L. Smith
Published in January 2019 by the University of Nevada Press


January 8, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
Lonnie L. Feemster (775) 722-0042
NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112
<lonnielfeemster@netscape.net>

Andrew Barbano (775) 786-1455
<barbano@frontpage.reno.nv.us>
RenoSparksNAACP.org

A New Season of Community Consensus and Census
Reno-Sparks NAACP Swears in New President Thursday
Installation of officers, 2019-2020 goal-setting

RENO, Nev. — Lonnie L. Feemster will be sworn in to his record-breaking fifth non-consecutive two-year term as president of the Reno-Sparks NAACP this Thursday, January 10. Other newly-elected officers not previously inducted will also be installed. He succeeds Patricia Y. Gallimore who served two terms, 2014-2018.

Lonnie L. Feemster

"I am committed to build on the strong foundation laid by those who have served the Reno-Sparks NAACP over the years," Feemster said.

"We had a very active and successful 2018 and thanks to the efforts of all involved, the Reno-Sparks Branch now enjoys the highest visibility in its 74-year history," he added.

"We will use 2019 to ramp up our community outreach programs as the 2020 election season and U.S. Census approach," Feemster stated. He served as a statewide community outreach specialist in the 2000 and 2010 census campaigns.

"The NAACP has mentored many young adults over the years and I will bring some into leadership roles in the local branch. We will continue to provide scholarships, positive learning experiences and leadership development as part of our NAACP Youth Council activities," Feemster noted.

"The Reno-Sparks NAACP will continue and increase our work to collaborate with our school district, local governments, law enforcement and the corporate community in Northern Nevada. We will also monitor legislation and work with other organizations in the upcoming session of the Nevada Legislature.

"We strongly support professional development training and a proactive approach to the elimination of racial bias and all aspects of racial discrimination in our community," Feemster stated.

He noted with concern a recent increase in the number of civil rights complaints being reported to the Branch Legal Redress Committee.

Lonnie L. Feemster is a local real estate broker, Nevada State Director of the NAACP National Voter Fund and Vice-President of the NAACP Idaho/Nevada/Utah Tri-State Conference of Branches.

A complete list of elected officers and executive committee members appears hereinbelow.

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.

The membership meets on the second Thursday of each month in the Third Floor Community Room of Northern Nevada Hopes, 580 W. 5th Street @ Ralston, Reno 89503. The Executive Committee convenes at 6:30 p.m. and the general membership meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.

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2019-2020 OFFICERS
Lonnie L. Feemster, President
Andrew L. Barbano, First Vice-President
Patricia Y. 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.

*Former President Dalton was recently appointed to the City of Reno Civil Service Commission
upon which former Branch President William Moon (1932-2017) served with distinction.


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Hope you & yours enjoyed Happy High Holly Days
Merry
Christmas/Kwanzaa/Solstice/Festivus/
Chanukah

Hope you and yours also experienced enthralling Thanksgibleting.
HAPPY NEW YEAR / Feliz Año Nuevo
/ Felice Anno Nuovo
Frohe Weihnachten und beste Wuensche fuer 2019


    "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' 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
Email: info@renosparksnaacp.org

Membership Meetings
Second Thursday of each month
Executive Committee 6:30 p.m/General Membership 7:00 p.m.
Northern Nevada Hopes
Third Floor Community Room
580 W. 5th Street @ Ralston * Reno, NV 89503

2018-19 Officers and Executive Committee

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We Don't Need No Education: The Awful Truth

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

Contact: info@renosparksnaacp.org

2018-19 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.


Membership
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.
You may remit your dues of donate online through E-Bay's secure PayPal service
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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 6:30 p.m.
General Membership 7:00 p.m.

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Useful Links
NAACP.org

Other Nevada Branches

OurStoryInc.com: "Contributions, heritage and culture of people who have not been well-represented in northern Nevadaís 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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