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 * Reno, NV 89503
Executive Committee 6:30 p.m.
General Membership 7:00 p.m.
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Next meeting: October 11, 2018

Updated 9-18-2018 GMT



Addie Mae Collins
Denise McNair
Carol Robertson
Cynthia Wesley

ON SEPT. 15, 1963, the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, was bombed by Ku Klux Klan members, killing four girls attending a Sunday service at which the sermon was titled "The love that forgives"; ON SEPT. 15, 1979, using a hot air balloon that took months to devise, two east German families escaped over the Berlin wall; ON SEPT. 15, 2007, Sally Field received an Emmy for her portrayal of family matriarch "Nora Walker" in the television series Brothers and Sisters and the Fox Network censored part of her acceptance speech: "But at the heart of Nora Walker, she is a mother. So surely this belongs to all the mothers of the world. May they be seen. May their work be valued and raised, and especially the mothers who stand with an open heart and wait-wait for their children to come home from danger, from harm's way, and from war. ... And let's face it, if mothers ruled the world, there would be no goddam wars in the first place."


Osama bin Laden's strategic logic was to embroil the United States in a never-ending conflict to ultimately bankrupt the country.

"All that we have to do is send two mujahadeen to the furthest point east to raise a piece of cloth on which is written 'Al Qaeda,' " he said in 2004, "in order to make generals race there to cause America to suffer human, economic and political losses without their achieving for it anything of note."

Why are we continuing to do what Bin Laden wanted all along? I refuse to take Bin Laden's orders. I will not stay quiet. End the war.

— Joe Quinn, veteran of two tours in Afghanistan who lost a brother in the World Trade Center. His son is now deployed in the never-ending war. (New York Times op-ed, 9-11-2018)




"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana


DETROIT (8-16-2018) — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed Queen of Soul who stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer. Several years ago, Rolling Stone named her the greatest rock singer of all time, ahead of Ray Charles and Elvis Presley. Music rises as tears fall around the world. May she continue to make a joyful noise unto the Lord into eternity.

ALMANAC: On August 16, 1977, Elvis died. On August 16, 2018, Aretha died.
On August 15, 1958, a groundbreaking interracial marriage: Maria Elena Santiago and singer Buddy Holly were married in Lubbock, Texas. (
Dennis Myers)
On August 14, 2014, the Reno-Sparks Branch marched to the federal building in downtown Reno protesting the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
On August 14, 2018, the Ferguson Fire flames ironically in California's Yosemite National Park, fouling the air in Nevada. As Michael Brown's death still does the nation.
Hope for the world: Missouri voters last week voted down a union-busting law. (AB)

Yerington racism case settled

Dolores Feemster 1929-2018

2018 events and news bulletins

Historical Black Colleges & Universities Tour 2018

NARAL Pro-Choice America Rally/Reno City Hall Plaza Sunday Aug. 26

Back to the Future
TV show and Freedom Fund Awards Dinner follow Fight of the Century commemoration

The plaque is base metal composite and contains no brass, bronze or copper. Plaque text written by Andrew Barbano
The plaque was manufactured by Mathews Bronze courtesy of Sierra Memorial and RPI Printing and Mailing.


The Fight of the Century, 108 years hence and always with us as one of history's seminal civil rights events

The Johnson training camp monument on Mayberry Drive.

The Fight of the Century took place in Reno on July 4, 1910. "Great White Hope" and undefeated former champion James Jeffries was soundly thrashed by Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion. It was arguably the catalyst of the modern civil rights movement. The NAACP had been founded the previous year. The bout took place in a wooden stadium built for the occasion at E. 4th and Toano, today the site of a state historical marker. Johnson trained at a resort on Mayberry Drive. Tim Elam, the current property owner, built a monument at the corner of Mayberry at Sherwood. (See right. —>)

After a nationwide search and more than two years of work, on Friday, August 17, 2018, at Moana Springs, the final link of the Fight of the Century triangle was completed in honor of boxing historian George "Battling" Nelson. His daughter, Zabette Nelson Buzzone, gave a moving testament to her father. It will be featured on the upcoming "Old Tales of Nevada" TV special. (See below.)

City Councilmembers Paul McKenzie and Naomi Duerr represented the City of Reno. Former President Rudy Viola spoke on behalf of United Auto Workers Local 2162/AFL-CIO. President Patricia Gallimore represented the Reno-Sparks NAACP as Vice-President Andrew Barbano emceed. Past-President RIchard Jay spoke on behalf of the Great Basin Youth Soccer League. Former Nevada State Treasurer Patty Cafferata attended as did retired Washoe County Sheriff's Captain Heidi Howe.

Jeffries' training site on West Moana and Baker Lanes in southwest Reno is now the location of Richard Jay Field. The 4;30 p.m. dedication preceded the first University of Nevada-Reno women's soccer game of the season at 5:30. Admission was free with donation of a can of food for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.

Before Sept. 29: Video of the dedication and other material will be featured on an edition of the long-running "Old Tales of Nevada" television program for which we will obtain historical Fight of the Century footage. The program will feature books about the fight by local authors, including "Johnson-Jeffries—Dateline Reno" by former Reno Gazette-Journal reporters Ray Hagar and Guy Clifton. Reno-Sparks NAACP First Vice-President Andrew Barbano will join hosts Hugh Roy Marshall and John O'Brien. Watch and for broadcast times.

SATURDAY, Sept. 29: Reno-Sparks NAACP 73rd Annual Freedom Fund Awards Dinner at the Grand Sierra-Reno Tahoe Ballroom. At the event, copies of the program will be given to those signing up for NAACP membership. (See below.)

Reno-Sparks NAACP 73rd Annual Freedom Fund Awards Banquet
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Grand Sierra Resort-Reno, Tahoe Ballroom
Doors open at 5:30, Dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Platinum $8,500 — Three reserved tables for 10, centerfold double-truck ad (already reserved) in event souvenir program, banners at event, recognition from the podium, inclusion in press releases, other media and at; display and promotional material distribution as needed.
Gold $5,000 — Two reserved tables for 10, inside cover full-page ad in event souvenir program, recognition from the podium, banner at event, inclusion in various media as time and space allow, display and promotional material distribution as needed
Silver $2,500 — Reserved table for 10, full-page interior ad in event souvenir program, display and promotional material distribution as needed, inclusion in various media as time and space allow, recognition from the podium
Bronze $1,450 — Reserved table for 10 and half-page program ad
Reserved table for 10 — $1,000.00
Small non-profit community organizations: Table of 10 $850.00 [Available to authorized IRS 501 (c) (3) non-profit organizations consisting of fewer than 100 employees and clients, cumulatively. For example, a professional association with 75 member firms would not qualify if the total employment of all 75 member firms exceeds 100. Conversely, a church with 85 parishioners would qualify for the reduced rate. A community service organization with 85 employees but serving 2,000 patients/clients would not.] Please contact us with any questions.


Back cover $2,500.00 (Already reserved)
Front page interior (page 1) $850.00
Inside front cover $775.00
Back page interior $725.00
Inside back cover $675.00
Full-page interior $625.00
Half-page interior $475.00
Quarter-page interior $375.00
Business card (eighth-page) $275.00

Full page: 8 inches wide X 10.5 inches high

Half: 8 inches X 5 & 1/8 inches

Quarter: 3 & 7/8 inches X 5 & 1/8 inches

Eighth: 3 & 7/8 inches X 2 & 3/8 inches

Non-members $105.00 per person in advance, $115.00 at the door (includes one-year regular membership)
Reno-Sparks NAACP Members $75.00 per person in advance, $85.00 at the door.
Youth, student (with i.d.) and seniors $50.00 in advance, $55.00 at the door.

Vegetarian or special needs entrées available by advance request.

Please make checks payable to Reno-Sparks NAACP, P.O. Box 7757, Reno, NV 89510.

To reserve your participation, please contact
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[CWA 9413/AFL-CIO]

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, historical items appear courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac [PDA]. Items highlighted in blue are of interest to civil rights and worker rights in particular and to seekers of justice in general. Red means war. Occasionally but not surprisingly, magenta will mean both.
Copyright © 2007-2018 Dennis Myers.]

March 31: A birthday for giants — Jack Johnson and César Chávez

March 31 — On this date in 1870, Thomas Peterson Mundy of Perth Amboy became the first African American to vote under the 15th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which had been ratified the previous day (he also served as a school principal and was later elected to the Middlesex County Commission); in 1878, boxer (and future world heavyweight champion) Jack Johnson was born in Galveston; in 1911, after three years of prosecutions by the (Theodore) Roosevelt and Taft administrations of newspapers that reported on tawdry government conduct in the construction of the Panama Canal, the cases—which were thrown out by the courts—formally came to an end when a U.S. attorney in New York requested permission to enter a filing called a nolle prosse dropping all criminal libel charges; in 1927, César Chávez was born near Yuma, Arizona; in 1949, attorney Madison Graves filed charges against Las Vegas police officers after a teenager was beaten in the city jail and then given no medical attention to head injuries for four hours; in 1961, what was reported to be Reno’s first sit-in was staged by African Americans at the Overland Hotel’s café while elsewhere in the downtown a picket line was thrown up at the Nevada Bank of Commerce; in 2008 (and 2018), César Chávez Day will be celebrated with a large gathering at the Circus Circus Hotel in Reno. [Courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac, Copyright © 2007-2018 Dennis Myers.]

ACROSS-THE-BOARD VICTORY: Yerington racism case settled

How to befriend a racist: Because thatís one way to change someoneís mind
By Wade Gainer / Reno News & Review 2-15-2018


Taylissa Marriott, left, and Jayla Tolliver at Yerington High School, Lyon County, Nevada
MLK SUNDAY IN CHURCH JANUARY 14, 2018 — (Left to right) Jayla Tolliver, Taylissa Marriott, their mother, Nancy, and Uncle Reggie Brantley (Sparks Ironworkers Local 118/AFL-CIO, ret.), attorney Terri Keyser-Cooper and four-time former Reno-Sparks NAACP President Lonnie L. Feemster.

Look for SRO this Sunday, January 14, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in south Reno, 780 Del Monte Lane, 89511. The annual interfaith service starts at 3:00 p.m. and no matter who's on the program, the stars will be Jayla Tolliver and Taylissa Marriott. The sisters, both 14, have become national figures with a little help from the Reno-Sparks NAACP, the Barbwire (beginning Oct. 18) and the Reno Gazette-Journal (beginning Nov. 19).

The African-American youngsters have been living a modern version of the 1955 deep south right here in the fabled Mississippi West.

The Yerington High School students have been subjected to bullying, overt racism and continuing death threats all for the crime of being born with skin the color of café au lait. (That means coffee with milk.)

Despite complaints by the NAACP to Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, Yerington's top cop has not been held accountable for illegally shredding police reports. Chief Bull Connor's defense is that hate speech is a First Amendment right kinda like hollering "fire!" in a crowded theater or threatening to kill somebody, which is the legal definition of assault. Which is how the girls continue to be threatened. [UPDATE: The two girls were almost run down by a truck in a Yerington restaurant parking lot.]

At, you will find original Snapchat photos of a teenager with guns and a knife...The father of the Snapchat boy is a former Yerington police officer and now a local athletic coach. Yerington High suspended the kid who posted the photo. That student's father is an active Lyon County Deputy Sheriff. The girls' dad has been threatened with trespassing charges if he shows up at the Yerington HS campus.

Lyon County parents have recently been defending their ill-educated offspring. It gets worse.

"Yerington Mayor George Dini dismissed them as the act of teenagers who meant no harm and were ignorantly unaware of what they were doing," reported on Nov. 18.

“This is a case of some kids acting badly," Dini told Reno Gazette-Journal reporter Siobhan McAndrew.

Regrettably, that statement has yet to see ink in the Reno paper.

WONDER WOMEN — Jayla, Taylissa and mother Nancy rise to a standing ovation in church on MLK Sunday.

World class civil rights attorney Terri Keyser-Cooper filed federal civil rights litigation last Thursday (no hometown judges and juries allowed).

She also asked the court for a preliminary injunction to protect the family which remains terrorized.

The court filings will be linked to this column at, regrettably compelling reading.

MORE MLK. The 20th Onie Cooper Memorial MLK Highway Caravan forms Monday, Jan. 15, at 9:30 a.m. at the LDS church, 2955 Rock Blvd. at McCarran, Sparks.

On Monday evening, most PBS stations will air the Oscar-nominated "I Am Not Your Negro," a film which "envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a revolutionary and personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends." Legendary author Baldwin (1924-1987) wrote "The Fire Next Time" and "Nobody Knows My Name." KNPB TV-5 in northern Nevada will air the program at 9:00 p.m. PST on Monday, Sept. 15, with reruns as follows: Tuesday 1/16 2:00 a.m. Wednesday 1/17 4:00 a.m. Friday 1/19 12 midnight. Sunday 1/21 12 midnight and 3:00 a.m. (All times Pacific Standard.)

Check local listings and go tell it on the mountain.

Excerpts from Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Sparks Tribune and affiliated publications 1-10-2018, 1-17-2018 et seq.

Yerington Racism Archives


Latest Klannish Nevada racism reports

Darryl K. Feemster, Sr., 1962-2017

    "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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Other Nevada Branches "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

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Alice Lucretia Smith, 1902-1990

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