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Muhammad Ali, 1942-2016
Sahara Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada (21 November 1972) In what would be his only northern Nevada match, Muhammad Ali squares off against world Light-Heavyweight Champion Bob Foster for the North American Boxing Federation heavyweight title. The referee is future Washoe County DA and District Judge Mills Bee Lane in his first championship fight. Former Golden-Glover Lane (20-1) achieved his own world fame, officiating at dozens more championship bouts. He starred in his own nationally-syndicated television show, Judge Mills Lane, for three years. Ali knocked out Foster in the eighth round but not before Foster became the first opponent to open a cut on the prettiest one's face. For many years thereafter, Lane gave away copies of the above photo taken by then-TV reporter, now longtime Reno-Sparks Branch member and retired attorney David Kladney.
FROM JOURNALIST DENNIS MYERS' DAILY POOR DENNY'S ALMANAC
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 07:48:51 PDT
George Bush/June 29 2006: Ive reminded the prime ministerthe American people, Mr. Prime Minister, over the past months that it was not always a given that the United States and America would have a close relationship."
On this date in 1835, slaveowner William Travis raised a company of 25 men to fight for independence for northern Mexico because of the new Mexican constitutions abolition of slavery; [EDITOR'S NOTE: Travis and his pro-slavery followers, including Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, died at the Alamo]; in 1906, Anazasi ruins at Mesa Verde were declared a national park; in 1940, Dick Graysons family of high wire artists were killed by mobsters and Dick became Bruce Waynes ward; in 1944, the liberty ship H.G. Blasdel (named for Nevadas first elected governor) was in convoy EMC 17 on its way to Omaha Beach when it was torpedoed by the German submarine U-984 about thirty miles south of the Isle of Wight (the liberty ships were rapidly built, mass-produced emergency ships constructed to a standard design from prefabricated pieces, called the ugly ducklings by President Franklin Roosevelt); in 1964, syndicated columnist Joseph Alsop published a column that sought to blame the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committeea major arm of the civil rights movementfor the murder of the Mississippi Burning three: Provoking the military occupation of [the south] is in fact the avowed aim of John Lewis, leader of the Students [sic] Non-Violent Co-ordinating Committee The organizers who send these young people into Mississippi must have wanted, even hoped for martyrs. And now, alas, they have got what they wanted.; in 1992, a 5.6 earthquake occurred on a previously unknown fault at Little Skull Mountain, 12 miles from Yucca Mountain in Nye County; in 2009, President Obama held a reception commemorating the Stonewall riots and urged his gay supporters to judge him not by promises Ive made but by the promises that my administration keeps (in the audience was Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach, an Air Force officer facing discharge after someone informed his superiors that he is gay).
On June 28, 1914, exiled heavyweight champion Jack Johnson successfully defended his title against Frank Moran at the Velodrome dHiver in Paris. On June 28, 1971, four years after Muhammad Ali refused to be drafted and one year after it heard the case, the U.S. Supreme Court with its usual promptness overturned his conviction. (Editor's note: Ali said he patterned his boxing style after Johnson.)
Ali: Winning against earthquakes
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day Muhammad Ali and Sir David Frost faced off here
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50th Anniversary Northern Nevada History Discussion
Thursday, April 7, 7:00 p.m. / Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Good Luck Macbeth Theatre
713 S. Virginia St.  Reno NV 89509
A prestigious panel of local activists will participate, including Branch representatives
On April 4, 1968, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 39, was shot and killed in Memphis, Tenn. (NY Times); last words of Dr. 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." (From veteran Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac/PDA)
Poor Denny's Almanac: On March 16, 1984, Jesse Jackson won the Mississippi Democratic caucuses, the first instance in U.S. history of an African-American candidate winning a presidential preference contest. (From Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac/PDA)
On the Ides of March in 1954, the NAACP launched a boycott of Las Vegas after African-American delegates to the convention of the American Public Welfare Association were denied lodging in the citys large hotels; in 1971, CBS canceled the Ed Sullivan Show; in 1988, a four day battle began in the area of Halabja on the Iran/Iraq border during which the city was gassed by what the Reagan administration said was an Iranian attack (fourteen years later, the second Bush administration changed that story as part of its campaign for war, claiming the attack was launched by Saddam Husseins forces, then charging that he gassed his own people).
March 6, 1857, in its Dred Scott decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held
that Scott, a slave, could not sue for his freedom in a federal court.
Sunday, 6 Mar 2016 18:17:56 (From Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac [PDA]) On this date in 1836 in a ninety-minute early morning battle, Gen. Antonio López de Santa Annas forces defeated the pro-slavery forces inside the Alamo; in 1836 while Santa Anna inspected the plaza of the Alamo, six of the defenders including David Crockett were found hiding under some mattresses and were brought before the general, who ordered them executed, and they were killed with swords (Santa Anna also freed a surviving slave belonging to Col. William Travis, in keeping with the purpose of the warto decide the abolition of slavery in northern Mexico); in 1928, Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born in Colombia (his novel One Hundred Years of Solitude was described by novelist William Kennedy in the New York Times Book Review as the first piece of literature since the book of Genesis that should be required for the entire human race); in 1946, France recognized the Democratic Republic of Vietnam as a state within the French union, with Ho Chi Minh as its chief of state (the French violated the agreement twelve weeks later); in 1968, twenty one year-old Jere Douglas Farnow of Las Vegas, Nevada, died in action in Quang Tin province, Vietnam (panel 43e, row 18); in 1968, twenty one year-old James Herbert Smith Jr. of Las Vegas, Nevada, died in Quang Tri province, Vietnam (panel 43e, row 35); in 1974 after the Hearst family distributed food to the poor to comply with ransom demands in the Patricia Hearst kidnapping, California Governor Ronald Reagan expressed a wish that the recipients of the food experience an epidemic of botulism....
Saturday, 5 Mar 2016 19:43:29 (Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac [PDA]) On this date in 1943 in the Ukraine, Jewish Council chair Shmuel Zalcman was dragged to his death behind a horse drawn cart as 1,300 Jews from the Khmelnik ghetto were exterminated; in 1947 in Nuremberg, the ministries trial or justice trial began, a war crimes trial of judges and other legal officials of the German judicial system conducted by the United States alone, unlike the other Nuremberg trials that were conducted under the authority of all the allied powers (this trial was the basis for the movie Judgment at Nuremberg); in 1968, eighteen year old David Louis Bidart of Reno, Nevada, died in Phuoc Long province, Vietnam (panel 43e, row 3 of the Vietnam wall); in 1968 at an appearance in Hampton, New Hampshire, Republican presidential candidate Richard Nixon made some comments about Vietnam that some journalists interpreted to mean that Nixon said he had a secret plan to end the war, and the term became a chronic political problem for him as president even though he never said it; in 1981 President Reagan called for an end to legal aid for the poor; in 1992, U.S. Senator Robert Kerrey of Nebraska withdrew from the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, singing Eric Bogles And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda, a haunting antiwar song that laments the criminal sacrifice of soldiers by their commanders at Gallipoli and the loss of public awareness of that sacrifice (see below); in 2003, the Bush administration submitted forged intelligence documents to the International Atomic Energy Agency as evidence of its claim that Iraq had sought to purchase uranium in Africa (the IAEA detected the forgeries and the U.S. claimed it had no knowledge they were forged)....
EDITOR'S NOTE: Sen. Kerrey lost a leg leading Navy Seals on a dangerous mission during the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor on May 14, 1970, by President Richard Nixon.
LEGEND: RED means a war issue. BLUE indicates a human rights issue.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Poor Denny's Almanac On March 17, 1876, in a search for Crazy Horse, the U.S. Army claimed to have accidentally attacked the wrong Lakota village in South Dakota and on the same day in Montana, General George Crook and his force attacked a Native American village on the Powder River, wiping out many inhabitants and destroying the village; in 1942, General John DeWitt, architect of the concentration camps for U.S. citizens in the west, issued an order making Nevada, Idaho, Montana, and Utah a second military zone from which enemy aliens were barred (the coastal states plus Arizona had already been designated the first prohibited zone); in 1960, President Eisenhower approved a covert paramilitary plan, illegal under international law, to overthrow the government of Cuba; in 1966, farm workers led by César Chávez began a march from Delano to Sacramento. (From Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac/PDA)
Ides of March 2016:
Washoe County Commission proclaims ¡Hail
César Chávez Day Celebration XIV, Circus Circus-Reno, March 30
for Gun Sense Thursday March 3, 5:30 p.m., Bethel AME Church, 2655
Rock Blvd, Sparks NV
RSVP to Temple Sinai
Raisin in the Sun, University
of Nevada-Reno Church Fine Arts Theater
March 4-5-6, March 10-11-12
March 6: Black Student
Organization Presents All Black Everything: Celebrating Black Excellence
Guest speaker: Everette Taylor, entrepreneur and Microsoft growth marketing strategist
University of Nevada Student Union, 1664 N. Virginia Street, Reno NV
Women's Day / Día Internacional de las Mujeres
Little Flower Church, Reno / March 8, 2016 / Marzo 8 2016
well The Ides of March: Hail
Washoe County Commissioner Kitty Jung and her colleagues proclaim César Chávez Day
Commission Chambers, Ninth and Wells in Reno, March 15 at 10:00 a.m
24: Our Story 20th Anniversary Dinner, The Grove-Reno
Several Reno-Sparks Branch stalwarts will be honored
National Womens' History Month awards luncheon and workshops
Several Reno-Sparks Branch stalwarts will be honored
Evelyn Mount Center / Valley Road / 11:00 a.m.-5:00 pm. March 31
Details: Brenda J. Mahan, City of Reno (775) 786-5359
or not TV Oscar blackouts and PBS blacklists
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH CONCLUDES WITH WORDS AND DEEDS
Black History Month Slow Roll Bike Tour 10:00 a.m. Feb. 27
Contact: Genevieve Parker (775) 323-4488
Reno-Sparks NAACP Black Lives Matter Poetry Contest
3:00-5:00 p.m. Saturday Feb. 27
Paradise Park Community Center, Oddie Blvd. at El Rancho Drive
First Prize: $100 cash / 2nd: $50 restaurant certificate / 3rd $25 movie theatre gift pack
Additional prize donations gratefully accepted
Open to all poets / Please bring three pieces on political/racial issues.
Original work only, please keep presentations to five minutes or less.
Information: Branch President Patricia Gallimore (775) 846-2952
Branch Youth Advocate Christin Smith (775) 544-2288
BLACK LAPSE LEADS TO LEAP-YEAR OVERLAP Black History Month concludes on Sunday, Feb. 28, with the Academy Awards Oscar fest, hosted by Chris Rock, who once noted that "they gave black people the shortest month of the year." At least February has 29 days in this leap year to better accommodate the always overly-long extravaganza of self-congratulation which always laps into the following day.
History Month in word and dance: Feb. 26 6:00-8:00 p.m.The
Swan Soars Again
L. Martina Young, PhD, internationally noted dance artist, writer and scholar on myth, read excerpts from and signed her new Swan Book 3 a poetical inquiry in dance, text & memoir . Verita Black Prothro's Veritas Empowerment Boutique also produced a striking fashion show for those in attendance at Reno Town Mall, S. Virginia Street across from the Atlantis Hotel and the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. Verita promises more soon.
Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada Real Solutions for Real People
February 13, 2016
by clicking here
Reno-Sparks NAACP is a co-sponsor.
Branch President Patricia Gallimore will be a featured speaker.
Branch members encouraged to attend both events.
More than 500 pack Reno's Second Baptist Church to overflowing in memory
of Eboni Nicole Feemster
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