2014 News and Events

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The history of Juneteenth

Memorial service for labor and senior citizen leader James Brown in Gardnerville on June 13

Legendary civil rights leader and LV TV personality Bob Bailey dies at 87
Las Vegas Review-Journal / 5-26-2014

AND ANOTHER: Writer of MLK's legendary antiwar speech "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence" dies
Pioneering historian, theologian and civil rights activist Dr. Vincent Harding, 82, passed on May 19 in Philadelphia


Media Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Lonnie L. Feemster (775) 722-0042

RENO (24 May 2014) — Hundreds of African Americans, Latinos, seniors and students across Washoe County will go to early vote locations to cast their ballots and support the effort by local churches and their faith based leaders in the official kickoff of a "Souls to the Polls" program.

Faith-based leaders felt that by participating in get-out-the-vote activities, they would increase opportunities for average working families, minorities, seniors and students to participate in our democracy. The "Souls to the Polls" effort sends a clear message that the church and its leadership want the whole community to have a better chance to be heard. For several weeks, ministers have registered voters and stressed the importance of voting.

Over 40 churches affiliated with the African American Clergy Council of Northern Nevad
a (AACONN) and the Asociación de Ministros Evangélicos de Nevada (A.M.E.N.) joined together in a collaboration to register voters and encourage church members, families and friends to vote early on "Souls to the Poll" Sunday, May 25, 2014.

"Souls to the Polls" programs have been highly effective in hundreds of communities across the country.

AT 1:00 p.m. PDT on Sunday, May 25, faith-based leaders and church members will rally at the Sak 'n' Save supermarket, 1901 Silverada Blvd. at Oddie Blvd. in northeast Reno. Early voting will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at most early voting sites, including the Sak 'n' Save store. A complete list of early-voting polling places is available on the Washoe County Registrar of Voters' website.

The "Souls to the Polls" program will support the decision by Washoe County Commissioners and the voter registrar to keep early voting polls open on Sundays before the election. Many community-based organizations supported the decision to keep Sunday early voting because of the steadily increasing numbers who take advantage of the opportunity. Over half of the ballots cast in the last Nevada election were by early voters.

"All of our rights rely on our right to vote" stated Lonnie L. Feemster, NAACP National Voter Fund Nevada State Director and one of the volunteers assisting the clergy leadership.

The AACCON and A.M.E.N. "Souls to the Polls" effort is being assisted by local non-profit organizations, the NAACP National Voter Fund and Mi Familia Vota.

Now at BillMoyers.com (5-24-2014) — The website of the nation's most important TV show,
which Northern Nevada's PBS affiliate KNPB TV-5 has refused to carry for years

Full Show: Facing the Truth: The Case for Reparations
Eight Charts Show Why Racial Equality Is a Myth in America
Looking Beyond the Minimum Wage
Living Apart: How the Government Betrayed a Landmark Civil Rights Law
Voting Rights Act Fix Stalled in Congress
When Chicago's west side fought back
How the Great Society Democratized Our Economy
Getting a College Degree Won’t Protect Black Workers From the Economy’s Racial Barriers
60 Years After Brown v. Board, Will Congress Revive a Dual School System?
A New Poor People’s Movement Must Have Leadership From Poor People
Race, the war on drugs and mass incarceration
The war on climate scientists with David Suzuki, eminent PBS contributor
• Morning Reads: Debtors' Prisons Are Back; Pope: It's 'Sinful' to Continue Causing Climate Change

Negative Optimism: Making the best of being worst
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-8-2014 Sparks Tribune

Poor Denny's Almanac for May 7, 2014

President Kennedy/United Auto Workers convention/May 7 1962: " Last week, after speaking to the Chamber of Commerce and the presidents of the American Medical Association, I began to wonder how I got elected. And now I remember."

On this date in 1860, white men at Williams Station on the Carson River kidnapped Native American girls, provoking an attack by tribal members who burned the station to the ground, whereupon a white force attacked the Pyramid Lake Paiute tribe to defend the right of white men to molest tribal children (their ignorance of the tribes among whom they lived is indicated by the fact that they were probably attacking the wrong tribe, since the attack on Williams Station was likely made by the Bannocks); in 1915, two years before U.S. entry into World War One, the British passenger and munitions ship Lusitania was sunk by the German submarine U-20 (Lusitania was carrying artillery shells and fuses and millions of rounds of ammunition); in 1930, the United States Senate voted 41 to 39 to reject President Hoover’s nomination of racist John Parker to be a justice of the Supreme Court (Nevada’s Tasker Oddie voted for Parker, Key Pittman voted against him), a victory that projected the NAACP — which had led the fight — into the political big leagues; in 1945, German Chancellor Karl Doenitz ordered an unconditional surrender to Allied forces, ending the European war; in 1948, red baiting caused one of its most dramatic wrongs — Robert New, Jr., a supporter of Progressive Party presidential nominee Henry Wallace, was murdered in Charleston, South Carolina, by Wallace opponent Rudolph Surreo (attorney and former Charleston mayor Thomas Stoney said he would defend Surreo by putting the victim on trial: “At the trial I will prosecute Bob New for raising unrest among the colored people of the south. I will prosecute him also as the chairman of the Wallace Committee and as [one of] the despicable, slick, slimy communists prowling the waterfront.”; in 1955 in a track meet at Mackay Stadium in Reno, San Francisco State’s John Mathis — later famous as a singer — broke a stadium high jump record (breaking at 6 feet, 5.5 inches) that had been set the previous year at Mackay by Bill Russell, later the basketball great; in 1962, President Kennedy urged delegates to a United Auto Workers convention to hold down their wage demands, telling them that unjustified wage increases are as much a threat to the economy as unjustified profits; in 1983 on the television series Philip Marlowe, Private Eye, the famous investigator solves the murder of a Reno lawyer in an episode called “Nevada Gas” (the title refers to a car built to be a gas chamber); in 1999, the University of Nevada-Reno held opening ceremonies for its fire academy in Carlin (design flaws and groundwater contamination associated with the facility later came to light, prompting the university to default on payments for the construction, the facility becoming a $40 million white elephant by 2009). [Courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac. Items highlighted in blue are of interest to labor in particular and seekers of justice in general. Red means war. Copyright © 2007, 2014 Dennis Myers.]

April is the cruelest month

Ever get sick and tired of being sick and tired?

On April 28, 1971, air pollution in Las Vegas reached the critical level for the first time that year.
— From journalist Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac, copyright © 2014, all rights reserved, used by permission.

April 28, 2014

Your Air Is Racist
Earlier this month, a study by environmental scientists at the University of Minnesota showed that different racial groups are exposed to drastically different amounts of air pollution each year. We turned their results into four handy charts. To see how your city stacks up on air quality — and how that air quality affects white and nonwhite residents — click on the above link.

On April 20, 1971, the United States Supreme Court upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools.

Ronald Craig Feemster dies from burns suffered in March 27, 2014, garage fire

Raise the Graduation Rates: Sunday, April 27, 7:00 p.m. PDT
Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals

Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology High School
380 Edison Way
[] Reno, NV 89502

   From: Rev. Howard Dotson, Spanish Springs Presbyterian Church (775) 636-0902

To help celebrate the annual Presbyterian Church (USA) multicultural church Sunday and to inspire our Northern Nevada young girls to be bold and courageous, Professor Melba Pattillo Beals, one of the Little Rock Nine, will speak in this community.

Melba Pattillo was one of nine brave African-American youth who faced hatred and vitriol at Little Rock (Arkansas) High School in 1955 in order to receive equal access to a fair and equitable education. President Eisenhower had to call in the 101st Airborne to protect the students and enforce the Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Melba Pattillo Beals recorded her heroic journey in her memoir Warriors Don't Cry. She is an expert in diversity concerns and recently retired as director of the School of Communications at Dominican University, San Rafael, Calif. She spent many years nurturing and mentoring racial/ethnic minority students at the institution.

Several local education leaders have accepted the invitation to help frame the education charge before Dr. Beals delivers her keynote address, "Raise the Graduation Rates."

Additional speakers will include Rev. Howard Dotson, Spanish Springs Presbyterian Church (moderator); Pedro Martinez, Superintendent of the Washoe County School District; Dr. Maria Sheehan, President of Truckee Meadows Community College and Reginald Stewart, Director of Diversity at the University of Nevada-Reno.

Dr. Beals will sign copies of Warriors Don't Cry following her address. (Sponsored by Grassroots Books)

We are still seeking co-sponsors for this event. If we can raise enough in co-sponsorship, this event will be free to the public.

Otherwise, we will have to charge adults $20. Either way, this event will be free for current Washoe County School District students.

The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

For more information contact

Joseph Lykes or
Claude Conkrite (775) 342-4717

Equal Rights Amendment isnít nostalgia in Nevada
Las Vegas Review-Journal / 7-28-2014

Marching for equal rights and equal pay on tax day

The above year of 2015 is in error. The correct date is April 15, 2014.

Marching for equal rights and equal pay on tax day

April 14, 2014

For more information contact
Janette Dean - Cell (775) 771-8735
For Event on April 15, 2014 —  Helene de Boissiere-Swanson, Cell (415) 233-2049

Washoe Valley resident, UNR political science major and 2013 Outstanding Nevada Legislative Intern Janette Dean is working toward passage of the ERA and plans to reach out to a Nevada State Senator to introduce ratification legislation in the 78th Session. She was also able to speak with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Searchlight, on Monday morning at a "Meet the Candidate and Elected Officials" forum in which he emphasized the importance of many issues such as comprehensive immigration reform, expanded renewable energy usage, an increase in the minimum wage, and equal pay for women who earn just 77 cents to the dollar compared with men.

In reply to her question about supporting the ERA, Reid told Dean and the audience that he would have no problem supporting federal legislation providing passage of the ERA or with Nevada ratification as one of the final three states needed.

In fact, he told Dean, "It's been long enough, hasn't it?"

Dean says she also wants passage of the ERA because "it will finally allow the United States to also ratify the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) treaty which we signed in July 1980 but did not ratify because there is no strong legal mechanism to put its provisions into practice which is required upon ratification; the ERA as the 28th Amendment would provide that.
Only seven out of 194 countries have not ratified the CEDAW treaty, including the United States, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Iran and two small Pacific island nations (Palau and Tonga)."

Dean also stated that her current International Human Rights class inspired her involvement to help get Nevada to ratify the ERA. "In class, I learned that despite the fact that women should be protected under existing human rights laws, widespread discrimination in terms of pay, leadership positions, unprosecuted violence, legal bias, and other forms of discrimination continues including deprivation of education and healthcare in several developing areas. This is why laws that specifically outlaw discrimination by sex are indeed necessary such as the long overdue ERA."

Text of the Equal Rights Amendment:

Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.

Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.

SNATCHING DEFEAT FROM THE JAWS OF VICTORY — Read how Sen. Joe Neal, D-North Las Vegas, engineered the most artful piece of parliamentary maneuvering in the history of the Nevada Legislature to pass the ERA in the good old boys' State Senate of 1977 — only to see the bill killed in the previously-committed and lewdly liberal State Assembly by a dirty political deal between two juice lobbyists and eight turncoat Democrats.

UPDATE+Photo: Marching for equal rights and equal pay on tax day

On April 11, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964, famously remarking "We have lost the south for a generation."

On April 10, 1947, Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey announced he had purchased the contract of Jackie Robinson from the Montreal Royals.

On April 4, 1968, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 39, was shot to death in Memphis, Tennessee.

Last words of Martin Luther King, to Ben Branch/April 4 1968:
"Ben, make sure you play 'Precious Lord, Take My Hand' in the meeting tonight. Play it real pretty.

On this date in 1836, the play A Day Well Spent by John Oxenford debuted at the Theatre Royal in London, later giving birth to derivatives, including Einen Jux Will Er Sich Machen (Out On a Lark) by Austrian Johann Nepomuk Nestroy (1842), The Merchant of Yonkers (1939, later revised as The Matchmaker, 1954), the Broadway musical Hello Dolly (1964) and the London play On the Razzle by Tom Stoppard (1981); in 1841, John Tyler became the first vice-president to succeed a dead president, and he asserted the right to become president instead of acting president (no one could lay their hands on the constitutional debates at the time, but years later the debates surfaced and proved Tyler wrong); in 1923, Wisconsin county judge John M. Becker, who was convicted of espionage and removed from office in 1918 in one of the Woodrow Wilson administration’s bogus wartime prosecutions (later overturned) and then reappointed to the bench by Governor John Blaine, was defeated for reelection; in 1934, U.S. Senator Key Pittman of Nevada angrily denied what he called a “malicious rumor” that he would testify on behalf of Reno political/crime bosses William Graham and James McKay in their federal mail fraud trial in New York, and further said “I am shocked beyond words at the disappearance of my friend Roy J. Frisch” (Frisch, former Reno city councilmember who was the chief witness against Graham and McKay, vanished on March 23d and was never seen again); in 1939, Jack Benny pleaded guilty to using an acquaintance to smuggle $2,131 in jewelry into the U.S. and was fined $10,000 and sentenced to a year in prison, suspended (two months earlier Benny’s friend George Burns had pleaded guilty on similar charges involving $4,995 in jewelry, resulting in the same prison sentence, suspended, and an $8,000 fine); in 1959, what appeared to be a looming prison riot was prevented when Governor Grant Sawyer went to the prison and told the inmates he was replacing the warden he fired, A.E. Bernard, with former county sheriff, justice of the peace, and assemblymember Jack Fogliani; in 1967, Martin Luther King spoke against the Vietnam war at Riverside Church in New York City; in 1968, Martin Luther King was assassinated at age 39 while campaigning in support of striking trash collectors; in 2002, George Bush demanded that Israel halt invasions of Palestinian territory, in response to which Israel increased the incursions.

Robert Kennedy on the death of Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Whenever any American’s life is taken by another American unnecessarily — whether it is done in the name of the law or in the defiance of the law, by one man or a gang, in cold blood or in passion, in an attack of violence or in response to violence — whenever we tear at the fabric of the life which another man has painfully and clumsily woven for himself and his children, the whole nation is degraded...Too often we honor swagger and bluster and wielders of force; too often we excuse those who are willing to build their own lives on the shattered dreams of others. Some Americans who preach non-violence abroad fail to practice it here at home. Some who accuse others of inciting riots have by their own conduct invited them. Some look for scapegoats, others look for conspiracies, but this much is clear: violence breeds violence, repression brings retaliation, and only a cleansing of our whole society can remove this sickness from our soul. For there is another kind of violence, slower but just as deadly destructive as the shot or the bomb in the night. This is the violence of institutions; indifference and inaction and slow decay. This is the violence that afflicts the poor, that poisons relations between men because their skin has different colors. This is the slow destruction of a child by hunger, and schools without books and homes without heat in the winter. This is the breaking of a man’s spirit by denying him the chance to stand as a father and as a man among other men. And this too afflicts us all."

—From journalist Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac, copyright © 2014, all rights reserved, used by permission

Ronald Craig Feemster dies from burns suffered in March 27 garage fire

RENO, NEV. 4-5-2014 — More than 100 mourners packed the First Baptist Church for Ronald Craig Feemster's memorial service. The attendees overflowed outdoors on what was fortunately a sunny if slightly chilly day. Reno firefighters came in their work clothes and parked a hook-and-ladder truck across the street from the church.

RENO, NEV. 4-2-2014 — A memorial service for Ronald Craig Feemster will be held at 12 noon Saturday, April 5, at First Baptist Church, 100 Coretta Way, Reno NV 89506. A reception will follow at the nearby Black Springs Community Center.

The outpouring of sympathy, prayers and offers of help received by the family have been heartwarming and gratifying. Walton's is handling arrangements. Watch this website for more details as they become available.

DAVIS, CALIF., 3-29-2014 12:59 p.m. PDT — Ronald Craig Feemster, 58, has succumbed from injuries incurred in a northeast Reno fire on March 27.

Feemster and Luke Mumui, 28, suffered from burns over 90 percent of their bodies and were transported to the University of California-Davis Burn Center where Mumui remains in critical condition.

"The third victim in the fire, 36-year-old Priscilla Endemann, has had her condition upgraded. She is out of intensive care at Reno's Renown Regional Medical Center," according to the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Feemster is the son of Reno-Sparks NAACP matriarch, former vice-president and current Assistant Secretary Dolores Feemster. He is the brother of former four-term Branch President Lonnie Feemster and Executive Committee Member Darryl Feemster. All were with him, along with other family members, when life support was terminated. His mother held his hand as he passed at about 5:30 p.m. PDT on March 28. Mumui is married to Mrs. Feemster's grand-daughter. Ms. Endemann is Mr. Mumui's sister-in-law.


African Children's Choir performs in Sparks

César Chávez Celebration XII
Monday 31 March 2014 / Circus Circus-Reno
Join the Reno-Sparks NAACP or make a contribution at the Chávez event
Sen. Joe Neal, D-North Las Vegas, will speak.
he Reno-Sparks Branch previously honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Service

UPDATED 31 MARCH 2014 00:19:15 PDT, 07:19:15 ZULU/GMT/SUT/CUT —> Poor Denny's Almanac for César Chávez Day 2014

César Chávez: There is no such thing as defeat in non-violence.

César Chávez: The Raiders are my team. You know why? In the first boycott, they were the only team where all the players endorsed it.

Ronald Reagan/June 5 1968: They are immoral to boycott grapes.

Peter Matthiessen: The man who has threatened California has an Indian's bow nose and lank black hair, with sad eyes and an open smile that is shy and friendly; at moments he is beautiful, like a dark seraph. He is five feet six inches tall, and since his twenty-five day fast the previous winter, has weighed no more than one hundred and fifty pounds. Yet the word slight does not properly describe him. There is an effect of being centered in himself so that no energy is wasted, an effect of density; at the same time, he walks as lightly as a fox. One feels immediately that this man does not stumble, and that to get where he is going he will walk all day.

On this date in 1492 in Granada’s Alhambra Palace, Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain signed an “edict of expulsion” ordering all Spanish Jews to leave the nation and giving them three months to dispose of their homes, property and assets, usually at a fraction of their value (Isabella said it was not their decision, it was God’s); in 1874, Reno’s Nevada State Journal went daily after three years as a weekly; in 1900, the Nevada State Journal wrote: “The world is full of material that will be used to make bombs for the destruction of protection to labor. Organized capital, for the illegitimate purpose of enslaving labor in manifold form, is forcing the conflict that will in due time culminate in a severe conflict. Capital at the present time holds the fort and its guns are directed against the rights of labor.”; in 1927, César Chávez was born near Yuma, Arizona; in 1945 at the Ravensbruck women’s death camp, a Russian Orthodox nun and poet (see below) named Elizabeta Skobtsova but known as Mother Maria who had aided and rescued Jews in France, was gassed; in 1955 in what Groucho Marx (in a wire to Judy Garland) called “the biggest robbery since Brinks”, Grace Kelly won the best actress Academy award for The Country Girl over Garland in A Star is Born; 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 1965, a massive airborne offensive began in Vietnam, with a hundred U.S. planes pouring tons of napalm, phosphorus bombs, and fuel oil on a 19,000-acre section of Vietnam; in 1971, a court martial board sentenced Lt. William Calley to life at hard labor for murdering 22 Vietnamese civilians at My Lai (after President Nixon intervened on Calley’s behalf, the sentence was later reduced to 20 years, then ten, and he ended up serving just three and a half years in his Fort Benning quarters); in 1982, a massive avalanche hit Alpine Meadows ski resort, killing seven and entombing chairlift operator Anna Conrad, who was trapped under a bank of lockers buried in ten feet of snow (she was found alive in a hollowed-out ice cave five days later); in 1995, Latina star Selena was shot and killed in Corpus Christi; in 2014, César Chávez Day will be celebrated with a large gathering at the Circus Circus Hotel in Reno.
by Elizabeta Skobtsova

Two triangles, a star,
The shield of King David, our forefather.
This is election, not offense.
The great path and not an evil.
Once more in a term fulfilled,
Once more roars the trumpet of the end;
And the fate of a great people
Once more is by the prophet proclaimed.
Thou art persecuted again, O Israel,
But what can human ill will mean to thee,
who have heard the thunder from Sinai?


Poor Denny's Almanac for Feb. 12, 2014

On this date in 1837, Thomas Moran, expedition artist on the 1870s U.S. Geological Survey of the Territories, whose paintings and sketches of the west helped introduce U.S. citizens to the beauty of the little known west (including Nevada’s Ruby Mountains), was born in Bolton, England; in 1900, Lift Every Voice and Sing by James Weldon Johnson, now considered the black national anthem, was performed for the first time by a choir composed of schoolchildren at segregated Stanton School in Jacksonville, where Johnson was principal; in 1924, with Sousa and Rachmaninoff in the audience, the now-beloved American Rhapsody (known to us as Rhapsody in Blue for Jazz Band and Piano) was performed for the first time in Aeolian Hall in New York City, conducted by Paul Whiteman, with piano by its composer George Gershwin, a performance that was broadcast on radio. (Disbelief that the 26-year-old Gershwin could have written the stunning symphony led to rumors that the great composer Ferde Grofé, who did the orchestrations for the Rhapsody’s first performance, had actually written it.); in 1963, President Kennedy held an unprecedented White House reception for more than 1,500 leading African Americans but spoiled its impact by becoming upset when he saw Sammy Davis, Jr., and his Swedish wife May Britt and trying to have them removed (“What’s he doing here? … Get them out of there.”), angering Jacqueline Kennedy, who nearly absented herself from the event; in 2008, a 15 year-old gay boy named Lawrence King, who was kicking around in the foster care system as an abused child, was murdered by a fellow student in a school lab in Oxnard, California. [Excerpt courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily online Poor Denny's Almanac, copyright © 2014, all rights reserved.]

From Lorraine C. Miller, NAACP Interim President and CEO: The date was February 12, 1909. A diverse group of Americans gathered in New York City for a frank discussion on racial justice, motivated by the horrors of the Springfield Race Riot that occurred one year earlier in Illinois. In doing so, they left an indelible mark on the civil rights movement that is still felt today. On that day, 105 years ago, they founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Celebrate Founders Day by watching our video honoring the founders of the NAACP, and the path of activism they began all those years ago.

16 January 2014

Dear Friends and Fellow Branch Members:

This weekend, we celebrate the joys of reminiscence and transcendence.

—>SATURDAY morning Jan. 18: A memorial mass for longtime Sparks educator and Assembly Judiciary Committee Chairman Bernie Anderson (1942-2014) will be held at 10:00 a.m. PST on Saturday 1-18-2014 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2900 N. McCarran at Pyramid in Sparks.

—>SATURDAY afternoon: On Saturday Jan. 18 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., a memorial celebration will take place for Reno-Sparks NAACP member, longtime Nevada Assemblymember and hospital trustee Vivian Freeman, R.N. (1927-2013). Where: Washoe Democratic HQ, 1465 Terminal Way in Reno. Details via the link hereinbelow.

—>SUNDAY: Bishop Gene Savoy, Jr., Chair of the Northern Nevada Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday Committee, has announced the 28th Annual Interfaith Community Memorial Service for 3:00 p.m. PST Sunday, Jan. 19, at Second Baptist Church, 1265 Montello St., Reno.

—>MONDAY: On Monday, Jan. 20, the 16th Annual Community Memorial Caravan will depart from Second Baptist at 10:30 a.m. The Holiday Committee and Memorial Caravan were founded by The Rev. Onie Cooper (1925-2011), former Reno-Sparks NAACP president. As always, this year's motorcade will travel the stretch of Interstate 580 which Rev. Cooper successfully fought to have named in honor or Dr. King.

Details about the MLK events may be obtained by contacting Bishop Savoy, below.

As always, keep an eye on this website where timely announcements are uploaded on a regular basis.

Keep up the good work and the good fight.

May you and yours enjoy a peaceful and prosperous year.

2:00 p.m. Jan. 18 memorial set for former Reno-Sparks NAACP member,
longtime Nevada Assemblymember and hospital trustee Vivian Freeman, R.N.

Former Nevada Assemblyman Bernie Anderson dies
UPDATE: Funeral 10:00 a.m. PST Saturday 1-18-2014 @ Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sparks
for longtime educator and Judiciary Committee Chairman
San Francisco Chronicle / Associated Press 1-10-2014

January 15, 1929: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s actual birthday


For information, call or e Bishop Gene Savoy, Jr., (775) 786-1800

Both the committee and memorial caravan were founded by The Rev. Onie Cooper (1925-2011) former Branch 1112 president. As always, this year's motorcade will travel the stretch of Interstate 580 which Rev. Cooper successfully fought to have named in honor or Dr. King.

Happy New Year / Feliz Año Nuevo
May you and yours enjoy a peaceful and prosperous time

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