2015 News and Events

Save the date!
70th Annual Reno-Sparks NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet
Saturday evening, October 24, 2015 * Circus Circus Mandalay Ballroom, Reno

News from the Branch

Save the Duncan Community Library from closure

ANNUAL ACADEMIC SKATING PARTY. Good food and fun prizes, free to students who present their year-end report cards. When/Where: 5:30-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, 7 July 2015 / Roller Kingdom, East 7th Street and Valley Road, Reno.

Say adios to 2nd VP and Past-President Jeffrey Blanck

Jeff Blanck has resigned as 2nd VP because of a job opportunity in Eureka, California. He and his family will be leaving at the end of the month. We would appreciate it if everyone would come out and say goodbye, thank Jeff and Sharrone for their service and say goodbye.

Time: 6:00 p.m.
Date: Friday, June 19, 2015
Location: Bertha Miranda's Restaurant, 336 Mill Street just east of the Siena Hotel and Harrah's Auto Collection near downtown Reno
Cash bar with hors d'oeuvres. See you there.

Thanks to everyone who attended.

AN HONORABLE MANFormer Branch President Eddie Scott was honored with a Distinguished Nevadan Award at the University of Nevada-Reno commencement in May. He led the Branch from 1961 to 1964, a time when advocating for civil rights brought with it serious personal jeopardy. His name's etching on the granite-like pillars of the campus quad was formally recognized at a June 18 ceremony. Branch Matriarch Dolores Feemster was similarly honored in 1994. She attended, as did Branch members Darryl Feemster, Alberta Rederford, John White, Dr. Mary White Stewart (who nominated Mr. Scott along with Dr. Jim Richardson), George Hardaway, Rev. William C. Webb, Andrew Barbano and others. Members of Mr. Scott's family came from all around the nation.

Escaped slave and Civil War 79th U.S. Colored Infantry Union Soldier Pvt. Scott Carnal honored at Dayton Cemetery 98 years after his death.

Other information that might be helpful, particularly to the older people (like me) or disabled who may want to attend

Handicapped parking is available near the ceremony and regular parking isn’t that far away. There will be seating and shade covers, as well as water at the ceremony, and a handicapped portable toilet.

The ceremony itself should only last about 45 minutes, as we envision it. There will be no speeches and only limited words—I will include flyers in the program handout that will give Pvt. Carnal’s history and another that gives information on veterans in our cemetery. We want to encourage all of us to contemplation and reflection, and give Pvt. Carnal the honors that are likely long overdue him.

This is a ceremony whose tone is: Remembrance, Honor, Respect, Contemplation, and Reflection. And, the “bottom line” for all of us is “inclusion.” Pvt. Carnal probably was not honored in his time for his journey from slave in the Southeast to escaped slave to Union soldier to casualty to disabled veteran to miner in the West.  We want to honor him and say “Pvt. Carnal, you are one of nobler parts of our great nation and one of our honored sons.”

Just FYI, when I “discovered” Pvt. Carnal in our cemetery I did not have him on any lists (provided by others) of Civil War Veterans and had no information on him. I also could find no information on him in local newspapers, etc. I have been “obsessively” researching individuals in our cemetery—a wonderful window to our history—and was shocked that I had missed him and not realized the meaning of the information on his headstone (Scott Carnal, Co. K. 79th U.S.C. Inf.). It has taken significant work to discover his story, with several different people (particularly those located by John Riggs and some out of state) contributing as time has gone forward. But as soon as I contacted the first veterans’ group we all agree we that the man served, he probably never was honored, and we should not delay in remedying that. As a result several organizations have added their help and support. Pvt. Carnal will also receive both a modern and period Volley of Three (7 rifles fired three times—the “21-gun salute” used for those who are not Presidents or Supreme Court Justices or such.) One will be with muskets and black powder and fired by Civil War Volunteers, bringing us all back to the time when Pvt. Carnal fought and was gravely wounded.

I am so pleased that others see the importance of recognizing Pvt. Carnal for his service and his remarkable journey. He is just one of many, of course, but he is here in Dayton and we, here, can do our best to “make it right” for him.

And if it decides to rain rather than be hot and sunny (for which we are prepared) we’ll cope (and be grateful for the moisture)!

Thank you for your interest and keep up the good fight!


Linda Clements
Dayton, Nevada
Incoming President, Webmaster, and
Program Manager for C&C RR Depot Restoration

Historical Society of Dayton Valley

The following article has been picked up by Gannett, Inc., newspapers regionally, including the Reno Gazette-Journal

Humdinger of a ceremony to honor Civil War vet
By Laura Tennant / Fernley (Nev.) Leader-Courier 5-27-2015
From the (Phoenix) Arizona Republic website

Symposium on Race and Policing
University of Nevada-Reno Student Union, Thursday May 21, 2015
BBQ at 5:00 p.m., Symposia 6:00-9:00 p.m.; Live on KNPB TV-5 8:00-9:00 p.m. with viewer phone calls
Check the front page of the Monday 18 May Reno Gazette-Journal for a brief overview
More here as information is received, e.g.,—>

Dogs and ponies, DARE traps and tokenism
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-26-2015 Sparks Tribune

Special Notices

I have arranged to show the documentary film, "The Loving Story" on Thursday May 14 at 2:00 p.m. at the Downtown Reno Library Branch in the auditorium, 301 S. Center St. There is no fee to attend and this is open to the community. The film is 77 minutes in length and is the moving account of Richard and Mildred Loving, who were arrested in 1958 for violating Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage. Their struggle culminated in a landmark Supreme Court decision, Loving v. Virginia (1967), which overturned anti-miscegenation laws in the United States. Directed by Nancy Buirski; produced by Nancy Buirski and Elisabeth Haviland James. A co-production of Augusta Films and HBO Films. Distributed by Icarus Films.

"Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle" is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history. NEH has partnered with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to develop programmatic and support materials for this film.

Please invite the community. Thank you.

Jeanetta Williams, President
NAACP Salt Lake Branch & NAACP Tri-State Conference of Idaho, Nevada and Utah
Former Member, NAACP National Board of Directors

EDITOR'S NOTE: The story of the Lovings was also dramatized in "Mr. and Mrs. Loving" (1996) starring Academy Award winner Timothy Hutton, Lela Rochon, Ruby Dee and Bill Nunn.

Mandatory training has been rescheduled to Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. This training will replace our monthly meeting. The training will be two hours long and will be held at Rita Cannan Elementary. Further, please be advised, per National, if you do not attend this training, you cannot serve on the Branch in an executive capacity. There are no exceptions to this, so please make sure you are there.

Please contact myself or Pat if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Heather Hauskins, Secretary
NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch #1112
P.O. Box 7757
Reno, Nevada 89510
(775) 322-2992 (phone)
Instagram: renosparks_naacp

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
5:30–7:00 p.m. | Bertha Miranda’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
336 Mill Street, Reno, Nevada 89501
Cash bar
For More Information, please e-mail or call us at (775) 322-2992

SPECIAL BULLETIN Feb. 16: Reno-Sparks NAACP President Patricia Gallimore was a guest on 50,000-watt KKKOH Radio (780 on the a.m. dial) at 4:00 p.m.

Insight from the super and the super-senator

Washoe County School District Interim Superintendent Traci Davis spoke at the general membership meeting of Feb. 12. Trustee Veronica Frenkel also attended, as did a surprise guest, Sen. Patricia Spearman, D-N. Las Vegas, who many will remember as the rousing keynote speaker at the branch's 2013 Freedom Fund Dinner.

Patricia Gallimore, President (775) 746-9453
Andrew Barbano, First Vice-President (775) 786-1455
E-mail <info@renosparksnaacp.org>

Washoe school superintendent addresses NAACP
First since 2009

RENO, NEV. (2-11-2015) — Interim Washoe County school superintendent Traci Davis will address the Reno-Sparks NAACP at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in the Rita Cannan Elementary School multi-purpose room, 2450 Cannan Street in Reno.

Washoe County School District Trustees Veronica Frenkel and Dr. Barbara McLaury will also attend. The district has endorsed Gov. Brian Sandoval's proposals to expand educational opportunities and funding. (Reno Gazette-Journal 1-28-2015)

The event marks the first time a superintendent has come before the branch since 2009.

Davis came to Reno after serving as one of several regional directors within the Clark County School District, the nation's fifth-largest. She has expressed interest in becoming permanent Washoe superintendent. (Reno Gazette-Journal 1-23-2015)

Now in its 50th year, Rita Cannan Elementary is one of the district's oldest schools.

The NAACP is the nation's oldest civil rights organization. Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112 was formally chartered in 1947.

UPDATE 2-12-2015 2:16 p.m. PST:

Trustee McLaury sends her regrets as she is unable to make it tonight due to an unforeseen conflict in her schedule. She sends her regrets. As of now, Trustee Frenkel will be attending.

Thank you!

Jennifer Caravantes
Board of Trustee Community Engagement Specialist
Washoe County School District

Details of Supt. Davis' and Sen. Patricia Spearman's addresses from the 2-17 Sparks Tribune

Dropout tracking restored: School superintendent ends practice of culling list.
“Traci Davis never wipes students out of the system.”
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 2-26-2015

Washoe's new school superintendent talks about her work.
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 2-26-2015

14 January 2015

Dear Friends and Fellow Branch Members:

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


   —> SUNDAY, JANUARY 18, 2015: Bishop Gene Savoy, Jr., Chair of the Northern Nevada Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday Committee, has announced that the 29th Annual Interfaith Community Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. PST Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, 780 Del Monte Lane Lane in south Reno. (Take a right turn through the roundabout at the end of Kietzke Lane extension.) Please note that this represents a change from the longtime former host of the events, the Second Baptist Church. The Second Baptist Choir will perform on Sunday.

This year's theme is Loving All Our Children. The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Angie Taylor, Vice-President of the Washoe County School District Board of Trustees. Lifelong community organizer and NAACP Matriarch Dolores Feemster will be honored with the committee's Humanitarian Award. Courtney Bell will receive the Youth Advocate Award.

   —> MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2015: The 17th Annual Community Memorial Caravan will depart from Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship at 10:00 a.m. PST.

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 campaigned to have named in honor or Dr. King. Mrs. Mary Cooper continues to serve on the committee.

Details about the MLK events may be obtained by contacting Bishop Savoy at (775) 786-1800. The event is co-sponsored by the Nevada Clergy Association.

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.

Reno remembers Martin Luther King at annual caravan
By Marcella Corona / Reno Gazette-Journal 1-20-2015

Reno's Interfaith Service celebrates King's legacy
By Marcella Corona / Reno Gazette-Journal 1-19-2015

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


Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. —

• " If America’s soul becomes totally poisoned, part of the autopsy must read Vietnam. It can never be saved so long as it destroys the hopes of men the world over. "

• "Through violence, you may murder a murderer, but you can’t murder murder. Through violence, you may murder a liar, but you can’t establish truth. Through violence you murder a hater, but you can’t murder hate."

• " Nonviolent resistance is not a method for cowards; it does resist. If one uses this method because he is afraid or merely because he lacks the instruments of violence, he is not truly nonviolent."

• "Who are we? We are the descendants of slaves. ... We are the heirs of a past of rope, fire and murder. I for one am not ashamed of this past."

• "If a man hasn’t found something he’ll die for, he isn’t fit to live."

Poor Denny's Almanac for Jan. 18: Goose and Gander

On this date in 1883, Nevada’s Roop County was abolished and attached to Washoe County; in 1903, the following appeared in Reno's Nevada State Journal: “From the Arcade Champion Bootblack his friends and the public: Some negroes and dagoes are advertising my stand as ‘unfair’ for the simple reason that I am a white American citizen, and born on the soil and do not associate or affiliate with that class, and desire to accommodate and please my patrons. Because the barber shop bootblacks are compelled to close Sundays is no reason why I should be compelled to. If my health permitted and I was able, I would sooner shovel sand than be a bootblack, but I must make an honest living and trust and hope that my friends and the public at large will assist me in so doing as they have in the past. Wm. M. Trieb.”; in 1935, the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Boulder City Journal jointly began publication of a magazine insert, Five Star Weekly; in 1943, the Warsaw ghetto uprising began; in 1958, a group of Lumbee tribe members, irritated by cross burnings and other white race problems, put participants in a Maxton, North Carolina, Ku Klux Klan rally to flight; in 1964, plans for a World Trade Center in New York City were announced; in 1969, Vanessa Gower Coates was born in St. Mary’s Hospital in Reno; in 1972, location shooting began on Ulzana’s Raid, filmed in Arizona and Nevada; in 1985, the United States, which had turned to the World Court in 1979 to hear its case against Iran for the taking of the Tehran embassy, walked out of the Court and refused to recognize its jurisdiction when a case was brought against the United States for its efforts to overthrow the Nicaraguan government (the court ruled against the United States and ordered it to pay financial reparations, which are still unpaid); in 1990, six and a half years after the first arrest, after 28 months of trial and years of lurid news coverage, and at a cost of more than $15 million, the McMartin child sexual abuse trial ended in an acquittal for the defendants; in 2003, several hundred people filled Reno’s Manzanita Bowl hillside to protest George Bush’s impending invasion of Iraq.

On January 15, 1901, in Leavenworth, Kansas, an African American named Fred Alexander, who was jailed on dubious evidence for allegedly assaulting two women, was broken out of jail by a mob and burned at the stake in a nearby ravine (Nevada State Journal: “One More Inhuman Brute Gets His Just Deserts.”); in 1929, Michael King was born in Atlanta (when he was five years old, his father would change both their names to honor Martin Luther); in 1962 at a news conference, President Kennedy was asked, “Mr. President, are American troops in combat in Vietnam?” and he answered with one word, “No”, which was a lie; in 1968, five thousand members of the Jeanette Rankin Brigade (named for the Montana congressmember who voted against 1916 and 1941 declarations of war) marched in Washington — led by 87 year-old Rankin — in protest against the Vietnam War; in 1978, tyrant Shah Reza Pahlavi fled Iran an hour ahead of the posse; in 2005 during a morning news program on KTNV-13 in Las Vegas, weather reporter Rob Blair referred to “Martin Luther Coon King” and (in an apology for the first reference) “Martin Luther Kong, Jr.”, prompting a workforce threat of a walkout (Blair was fired the next day).

On Jan. 14, 1917, James McMillan, who would become a leading African-American figure in Nevada history, was born in Mississippi; in 1966, a march led by Martin Luther King, Jr., at the Georgia state capitol in Atlanta was held to protest the refusal by the Georgia House to seat Representative Julian Bond because of Bond’s criticism of U.S. aggression in Vietnam and praise of the courage of draft card burners; in 1973, the largest audience for a concert in human history, an estimated forty million people, saw Elvis perform live by satellite from Hawaii; in 2003, a panel of musicians convened by Britain’s Q magazine named Arthur Crudup’s “That’s All Right (Mama)” by Elvis as the song that most changed the world. (Billie Holiday's version of "Strange Fruit" came in at number six.)

— (Courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac. Copyright © 2015 Dennis Myers, all rights reserved.)

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