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: November 14, 2019

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Updated 11-9-2019 GMT

VOTE FOR DOLORES —> School name finalists announced

We Don't Need No Education Part XCI—>
DO NOT risk your kids at Golden Eagle Park

Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 11-6-2019 Sparks Tribune

Boffo reviews!
74th Annual Reno-Sparks NAACP
Freedom Fund Awards Banquet Oct. 19, 2019

Tale of 2 city halls: Cancer kids & brain damage
+Freedom Fund Banquet Update

Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 10-30-2019 Sparks Tribune

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
Lonnie L. Feemster, President, Reno-Sparks NAACP
(775) 722-0042
Andrew Barbano, First Vice-President
(775) 747-0544

NAACP urges UNR president to use Wyoming football game as rare human rights teaching opportunity

RENO, NV (25 Oct. 2019) — The University of Nevada became a surprising trailblazer for human rights in 1946 and UNR President Marc Johnson can assume that mantle again this Saturday, according to Reno-Sparks NAACP President Lonnie Feemster.

The University of Nevada-Reno Wolf Pack plays a Mountain West Conference game vs. the Wyoming Cowboys in Laramie on Oct. 26.

"President Johnson addressed the current unrest on the UNR campus in a recent 2,000-word guest editorial in the Reno Gazette-Journal," Feemster said.

"No one can disagree that the essence of a university lies in allowing a broad range of points of view," Feemster added.

"However even-handedly administered, promotion of the lower instincts of some cannot be excused or condoned via use of politically correct clichés. To allow individuals who advocate for white supremacy hate organizations which practice stochastic terrorism, is to invite them into the interstices of the concept of freedom of speech — with deadly consequences. I am gravely concerned," Feemster asserted.

"To grant a passive, backhand blanket pardon for any individual or organization even if (according to Johnson) 'their values' do not 'align' with the university's, may be fine in the abstract but a minefield in the concrete," Feemster said.

"This is passive-aggressive bureaucratese at its most well-refined," he added.

"Wrongly applied, to disagree with what you say but defend to the deposition your right to say it, is how bodies pile up," Feemster said.

"We need a substantive call to action.

"The proper perspective lies with active leadership, not reactive post-mortems," Feemster said, "so let's start with useful football."

"This is a truly teachable moment and let the education begin with something broadly-based and easy: Football in Wyoming on Nevada's Admission Day weekend. The Civil War led to the Silver State's entry to the union in 1864. We became known as 'Mississippi West,' but Nevada later showed some surprising leadership, sending a signal to the rest of the country that the past was not prologue," the longtime civil rights leader noted.

"In 1946, Nevada chose not to play at Mississippi State which told the Wolf Pack to leave its black players home. Our players, coaches and administrators should tout that story this Saturday — how the team from Mississippi West stood fast against Mississippi South.

"It will help both Nevada and Wyoming heal. This month brought the 50th anniversary of the Black 14, African-American football players who were kicked off the Wyoming Cowboys football team and expelled from school by a racist head coach on Oct. 17, 1969," Feemster said. The full story appears in the current edition of The Crisis, the official NAACP magazine.

"A commemoration was finally held earlier this year so the issue is fresh in the minds of Wyoming fans and students. President Johnson should recommend that Coach Jay Norvell and his Nevada players talk to people in Laramie this weekend about both schools' histories and future attempts to build trust and reconciliation. If Mr. Johnson attends, he should lead the effort.

"I agree with President Johnson that we have a lot of work to do. The NAACP stands ready to provide an experienced, outside perspective to an inclusive university environment," Feemster concluded.

The Reno-Sparks NAACP was founded in 1944 and is part of the nation's oldest civil rights organization.

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UNR students and faculty sign letter to administration demanding action vs. white nationalism
Reno Gazette-Journal / rgj.com / 10-9-2019

Wyoming football honors black players dismissed from team in 1969
Racism destroyed the football program for more than a decade
By Mead Gruver / Associated Press / Idaho Spokesman-Review 9-13-2019

 

Written in the stars: UNR football for racial justice
Freedom Fund Banquet Update
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno
/ Expanded from the Wednesday 10-23-2019 Sparks Tribune

Boffo reviews!
74th Annual Reno-Sparks NAACP
Freedom Fund Awards Banquet Oct. 19, 2019

Tale of 2 city halls: Cancer kids & brain damage
+Freedom Fund Banquet Update

Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno
/ Expanded from the Wednesday 10-30-2019 Sparks Tribune

Full page photo gallery
By Tom Smedes
rgj.com 10-22-2019 / Reno Gazette-Journal Sunday 10-27-2019

EDITORIAL: BOSS LADIES
It was the “year of the woman” at 74th annual Freedom Fund Awards banquet hosted by the Reno-Sparks branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on Oct. 19.
Reno News & Review 10-24-2019

Top of Her Class
Emily Hernandez Medina was valedictorian of the 2019 North Valleys High School class but was not allowed to give her commencement speech. She gave it on Oct. 19 at the 74th Annual Freedom Fund awards banquet hosted by the Reno-Sparks NAACP.
By Jeri Davis / Reno News & Review 10-24-2019

Housing advocates
At this year’s National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Freedom Fund Awards Banquet—in its 74th year—two female policy makers received the group’s Eddie Scott/Bertha Woodard Human Rights Advocacy Award.
By Jeri Davis / Reno News & Review 10-24-2019

Written in the stars: UNR football for racial justice
Freedom Fund Banquet Update
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno
/ Expanded from the Wednesday 10-23-2019 Sparks Tribune


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
Andrew Barbano, First VP & Event Chair
(775) 882-TALK [882-8255]
<barbano@frontpage.reno.nv.us>


NAACP 74th Freedom Fund Dinner — Warriors & Trailblazers

RENO, NV (18 Oct. 2019) — The expected and unexpected will be the order of the evening when the Reno-Sparks NAACP convenes its 74th Annual Freedom Fund Awards Banquet Saturday evening, Oct.19, in the main ballroom of Reno's Grand Sierra Resort.

The local branch of the nation's oldest civil rights organization will honor two elected officials who have braved the headwinds of money and power and even won while losing. Three African-American overachievers will be recognized for going where none have gone before.

The identity of the keynote speaker is being kept under wraps.

"The moment our keynoter takes the microphone, history will be made," stated NAACP First Vice-President Andrew Barbano.

Nevada State Sen. Julia Ratti, D-Sparks, and Reno City Councilmember Jenny Brekhus will receive the organization's highest honor, the Eddie Scott/Bertha Woodard Human Rights Advocacy Award. They will be recognized for responding to the plight of Nevada renters where other elected officials would not act.

Earlier this year, Ratti introduced Senate Bill 398 which proposed to give new powers to local governments to foster affordable housing. Without a single co-sponsor, it passed the state senate with bi-partisan support only to be tabled in the lower house. Las Vegas lawmakers asserted that the bill was unnecessary because current law grants municipalities all the power they need to regulate rentals.

"Sen. Ratti won by losing," Barbano said. "She secured a legislative finding that all local governments need is courage."

Shortly thereafter, Brekhus proposed that the City of Reno establish a Tenants Issues and Concerns Board charged with exposing rent gouging and other complaints. The Reno City Council passed it unanimously, 7-0. It will provide a forum for the aggrieved and gather information. Fact-finding leads to legislation.

The Inaugural Scott/Woodard Award, named after two legendary Reno-Sparks Branch presidents, was first given in 2015 to the late Dennis Myers and his colleagues at the Reno News & Review. Myers will be memorialized at the event. Last year, the honor went to the courageous Lyon County family that stood up to fear, intimidation and death threats at Yerington High School. An investigation of the Yerington chief of police for illegally shredding police reports is still pending.

Two generals and a congressman will also be recognized. Outstanding Professional Achievement awards will go to Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford and Nevada National Guard Adjutant General Ondra Berry. Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev., represents part of Clark County and six central Nevada counties. All are the first African Americans to hold those posts.

Their awards will be presented by former Sen. Joseph M. Neal, Jr., D-N. Las Vegas, the first African American elected to Nevada's upper house. He served for 32 years.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 in the Reno Ballroom at the Grand Sierra Resort. Principal sponsors include Wells Fargo Bank, Laborers' Union Local 169, Washoe County, MGM Resorts International, the Nevada State AFL-CIO, the Northern Nevada Central Labor Council and philanthropist Tom Steyer's presidential campaign.

"We made it known that all presidential candidates would be welcome and any who attend would be allowed to speak," Barbano said. "The NAACP is a non-partisan organization, so I contacted the campaign of former Massachusetts Republican Gov. William Weld and asked the Nevada GOP to notify President Trump. We have received no response from either.

'The president is well aware of the Grand Sierra. Years ago when he was shopping Nevada hotels, he flew over the property which had recently been acquired from MGM by Bally's. He dissed Bally's for installing 'cheap plastic signs' on the exterior," Barbano remembers.

"We all know the president prefers gold, so perhaps he didn't like Bally's plum purple presentation priced at a paltry $500,000," Barbano said.

In addition to philanthropist Steyer, Democratic presidential frontrunners Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren as well as Sen. Cory Booker are supporting the event. All four are sending delegations. Several local Republican leaders have also made reservations.

All seats are reserved. Sponsors who have not yet submitted their guest lists are reminded to do so immediately.

Reservations for non-members are $105.00 per person in advance, $115.00 at the door and include a one-year regular membership. Reno-Sparks NAACP members are $75.00 per person in advance, $85.00 at the door. Youth, students (with i.d.) and seniors are $50.00 in advance, $55.00 at the door. Vegetarian or special needs entrées are available by prior request.

Reservations may be made via the secure PayPal portal at RenoSparksNAACP.org. Any made after 1:00 p.m. Saturday should be done by calling Barbano directly at (775) 747-0544.

BREAKING NEWS AND THEN SOME—>

 

FROM THE WASHOE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

(7 Nov. 2019) — Procter Hug was the only name option the group choose to forward to the Board of Trustees for the new high school at Wildcreek.

The committee picked three options for the future Career and Technical Education facility that will be built at Hug's current campus.

The top choice was Debbie Smith (24 points), second was Feemster [family] (19 points), third was Michael Landsberry (12 points).

The Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on November 12 to finalize the names.

SO — > To e-mail all seven school board trustees, click here:<BoardMembers@washoeschools.net> Tune in, turn on, show up (in the East 9th Street school board chambers). This is important!


School may be named in honor of Dolores Feemster

UPDATE: On Nov. 6, Reno City Councilmember Oscar Delgado submitted a letter to the school naming committee asserting the same positions as Reno-Sparks First Vice-President Andrew Barbano's letter of Nov. 1 regarding the two schools. Great minds think alike.

BREAKING NEWS (From KTVN TV-2 11:00 p.m. PDT 10-2-2019) — Washoe County School District Trustees have placed the name of former Branch President Dolores Feemster in nomination for a new high school or for the current Hug High School after it is repurposed as a trade school (and perhaps Procter Hug's name transferred to a new facility). Mrs. Feemster (1929-2018) was a longtime counselor at Hug High. Also nominated: the late Sen. Debbie Smith, D-Sparks; late Sparks Middle School eighth-grade math teacher Michael Landsberry who died protecting students in a 2013 mass shooting; former Superintendent Paul Dugan and author Sessions "Buck" Wheeler (1911-1998).

Proposed names for the new high school at the current Wildcreek Golf Course: Hug, Debbie Smith, Dolores Feemster, Feemster, Battle Born     
                                   
For the repurposed Hug High: Feemster, Debbie Smith, Hug, Sessions Wheeler, Landsberry, Battle Born, Paul Dugan


VOTE FOR DOLORES. The Washoe school naming committee meets Nov. 6 to make final recommendations for the new Wildcreek and re-purposed Hug High. NAACP matriarch and longtime Hug counselor Dolores Feemster, as well as her family name, are in the hunt for both. Send your comments about nominees to Riley Sutton at <rsutton@washoeschools.net> The committee meets at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday Nov. 6 in the East 9th Street school board chambers. The board will make final decisions on Nov. 12. To e-mail all seven school board trustees, click here:<BoardMembers@washoeschools.net> Tune in, turn on, show up. This is important!

Dolores Feemster 1929-2018

Goodbye, Columbus: A mirror for America
How Italians Became "White"
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 10-16-2019 Sparks Tribune

Dennis Myers: Enroute to the universe next door
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 9-11-2019 Sparks Tribune

Philippines to Burning Man to Ireland: Adios GOAT
Dennis Myers Memorial announced
Also: NAACP at Burning Man
Barbwire by
Andrew Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 9-4-2019 Sparks Tribune

Nevadian Dennis Myers: The Greatest Of All Time
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 8-28-2019 Sparks Tribune

Dennis Myers, 1948-2019
OBITUARY for recipient of the Branch's highest honor
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Special Internet Edition 8-25 and 8-26-2019



In hoc signo vinces.


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: November 14, 2019

BREAKING NEWS AND THEN SOME—>

Guns and roses, traitors & political poses
Reno-Sparks NAACP President wants Nevada Confederate mountain renamed
Barbwire by
Andrew Barbáno
/ Expanded from the Wednesday 8-7-2019 Sparks Tribune

TRUMP URGES UNITY VS. RACISM
New York Times front page headline 8-6-2019
BARBWIRE TRANSLATION: "You provide the unity, I'll provide the racism"
Coming in Wednesday's Sparks Tribune: Guns and roses, traitors and political poses

President Lonnie Feemster: Rename Nevada's Jeff Davis Peak
By Nicholas Brulliard / Summer 2019 edition / National Parks Magazine
The official publication of the National Parks Conservation Association, founded 1919

Historical Black Colleges and Universities Tour 2019

No Opportunity Wasted (NOW) is gearing up for its 9th College Prep Program to culminate with the HBCU Tour. The program kickoff is scheduled for Saturday, August 31 at the University of Nevada-Reno Rotunda in the Knowledge Center (nee library) with guest speakers and light refreshments. Please sign up by contacting Barbara Bolton, Co-Founder/Executive Director, NOW, Inc. (702) 289-6050. Please click here to register for the program kickoff.

July 28: Happy Birthday Senator Joe Neal.

Reno City Council passes rent control
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 7-17-2019 Sparks Tribune

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—>Updated 8-1-2019

The Sting, spike heels, green eggs & ham
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 7-31-2019 Sparks Tribune

News Roundup: Nevada Corporate Welfare Tax Giveaways Starve Schools

A cuckoo coup and a president, too
Barbwire exclusive: Secret 2017 meeting set the setup in motion
"The firing of Traci Davis was nothing short of a long-term, well-orchestrated coup."
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 7-24-2019 Sparks Tribune


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 district’s 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.

SIGN UP TO BECOME A MEMBER TODAY

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.
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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

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
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Please make checks payable to:
NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch.
Please send to the above address.

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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 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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