2016 News and Events

RENOvated Pat Baker Park re-dedication
Thursday, Dec. 15, at 4:00 p.m., the City of Reno dedicates the $745,000 renovation of Pat Baker Park in northeast Reno at Montello and Fife streets.
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-13-2016 Sparks Tribune

Save the date!
71st Annual Reno-Sparks NAACP Freedom Fund Awards Banquet

Our Lives Matter, Our Votes Count
Circus Circus-Reno Mandalay Ballroom, Saturday 8 Oct. 2016
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30, program at 7:00 p.m.

Reserve your sponsorship, program ad and/or tickets now. Click here for complete information.
No increase in prices from 2015.

Pasta for Diplomas: Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

No Opportunity Wasted (NOW) is hosting its Second Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Saturday, November 19, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club (2680 E 9th St., Reno, 89512) to help students raise money to participate in a Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Tour. 

In its seventh year, NOW, Inc., is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization based in Reno. NOW is on a mission to help prepare as many students as possible in this community for college. In collaboration with the Washoe County School District, the program holds a series of Saturday workshops offering free ACT, SAT and essay-writing preparation for college-bound high school students.NOW is a comprehensive college prep program that coaches motivated students through the college search and application process. To help broaden students’ college-planning horizons, the program culminates each spring in a cross-country tour of historically black colleges and universities. In in March 2017, this year's students will visit HBCUs in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased directly from participating students or online. All proceeds go toward the HBCU Tour.

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.

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.

Thursday 11 August 2016 Agendas


Sam Shad's Statewide Nevada Newsmakers Show
Thursday 8-4-2016 KRNV TV-4 Reno/KENV TV-10 Elko 12 noon PDT
Host: Paul Enos, Executive Director, Nevada Trucking Assn.
Guests: Patricia Gallimore, President, Reno-Sparks NAACP; Krys Ro, Reno Black Lives Matter
Click here for statewide TV and radio re-run times and dates + view online

Reno-Sparks NAACP fails to go for it at forum
Reno News & Review Editorial / 7-21-2016

Avoiding tough debate is no way to deal with police killings
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 7-21-2016

Reno Black Lives Matter March
By Brad Bynum / Reno News & Review 7-21-2016

"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel."Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
Sheriff Chucky: More guns to shoot cops, alleluia!

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 7-19-2016 Sparks Tribune

Psychographic testing biases police application exams
By Patricia Gallimore and Andrew Barbano / RGJ.com 7-14-2016 / Reno Gazette-Journal 7-17-2016

Reno Police Dept. schedules new applicant info sessions
5:30-7:00 p.m. January 24, February 7 and 21, March 7 and 21, April 4, 2017


UPDATE: The July 14 NAACP forum was attended by a record SRO crowd of between 150 and 200. (It merited a generous half-inch of space in the next day's Reno paper.) Not to worry. Watch Tuesday's Sparks Tribune for a serious dose of reality. I brought copies of the 7-12 Trib column "Better late than never" to the event. I didn't have nearly enough. — AB


1. Suspension of regular order of business for a community forum concerning unsettling recent events in America. Community members will have an
opportunity to address local law enforcement, elected officials and community leaders. Suggestions, solutions and comments welcome.

2. PLEASE NOTE: The location of our monthly meetings has permanently changed to Northern Nevada HOPES, 580 W. 5 th Street, Reno, NV 89503.

Dear Members and Friends:

We will suspend the regular order of business during our usual first Thursday meeting to host a community forum to allow local people to offer solutions to events that have happened over the past week. Depending on attendance, we'll allow people a minute or two to voice concerns.

WHERE: Our new permanent branch meeting place, Northern Nevada HOPES, 580 W. 5th Street, 3rd floor, Reno NV 89503
WHEN: 7:00 p.m. PDT, Thursday July 14, 2016

Watch this site and Thursday's Reno Gazette-Journal and spread the word.

Thank you.

Patricia Y. Gallimore, President
NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112
(775) 846-2952


Wednesday, 29 June 2016 07:48:51 PDT

George Bush/June 29 2006: I’ve reminded the prime minister—the 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 constitution’s 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 Grayson’s family of high wire artists were killed by mobsters and Dick became Bruce Wayne’s ward; in 1944, the “liberty ship” H.G. Blasdel (named for Nevada’s 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 Committee—a major arm of the civil rights movement—for 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 I’ve 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 d’Hiver 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.)

Muhammad Ali: Winning against earthquakes
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 6-7-2016 Sparks Tribune

The day Muhammad Ali and Sir David Frost faced off here
Barbwire by Barbano EXCLUSIVE / Expanded from the 9-5-2013 Sparks Tribune

Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada Water Over Gold Essay Contest
Students can win cash or prizes

Submission Deadline: April 18, 2016

ACLUNV 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 city’s 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 Hussein’s forces, then charging that “he gassed his own people”).

Poor Denny's Almanac: Racists defeated at the Alamo; worst U.S. Supreme Court decision in history marked

On March 7, 1965,
a march by civil rights demonstrators was broken up in Selma, Ala., by state troopers and a sheriff's posse. (NY Times)

On 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. (NY Times)

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 Anna’s 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 war—to 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 Khmel’nik 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 Bogle’s 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!

EDITOR'S NOTE: It's rarely remembered but always worth mentioning that St. Patrick was a slave who later returned to minister to Ireland.

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)

The Ides of March 2016: Washoe County Commission proclaims ¡Hail César!
César Chávez Day Celebration XIV, Circus Circus-Reno, March 30

Community Teach-In for Gun Sense – Thursday March 3, 5:30 p.m., Bethel AME Church, 2655 Rock Blvd, Sparks NV
RSVP to Temple Sinai

A 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

International Women's Day / Día Internacional de las Mujeres
Little Flower Church, Reno / March 8, 2016 / Marzo 8 2016

Mark thee well The Ides of March: Hail César!
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

March 24: Our Story 20th Anniversary Dinner, The Grove-Reno
Several Reno-Sparks Branch stalwarts will be honored

César Chávez Day Celebration XIV, Circus Circus-Reno, March 30

March 31: 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

TV or not TV — Oscar blackouts and PBS blacklists
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 3-1-2016 Sparks Tribune


Reno 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.

Black 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

Saturday, February 13, 2016
Reno, NV
8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE

RSVP by clicking here

Join us for “Real Solutions for Real People”, a day for activists to join together in deepening our knowledge and commitment to comprehensive solutions for economic, racial and environmental justice issues for our communities.

Reno-Sparks NAACP is a co-sponsor.

Branch President Patricia Gallimore will be a featured speaker.
Branch members encouraged to attend both events.


14 January 2016

Dear Friends and Fellow Branch Members:

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


   —> MONDAY, JANUARY 18, 2016: The 18th Annual MLK Community Memorial Caravan will depart from Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship at 10:00 a.m. PST. (Annual NNBCAS MLK Dinnerwill take place in the evening at the Atlantis Hotel-Casino.)

   —> SUNDAY, JANUARY 17, 2016: Northern Nevada Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday Committee 30th Annual Interfaith Community Memorial Service — 2:00 p.m. PST Sunday, Jan. 17, 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 venue of the events, the smaller-capacity Second Baptist Church, which hosted the activities until last year.
    Reno-Sparks NAACP Past-President Eddie Scott will be honored.

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 Committee Chair Bishop Gene Savoy at (775) 786-1800. The event is co-sponsored by the Nevada Clergy Association.

   —> FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2016: MLK Shabbat Service, 6:00 p.m. PST, Temple Sinai, 3405 Gulling Road, northwest Reno. Temple Sinai and Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church join together for a Shabbat service and dinner devoted to friendship and discussion on "Bending the Arc of Justice: Civil Rights Today." Info: Ellen Lessinger.

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.

January 15, 1929: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s actual birthday
Michael King was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on Jan. 15, 1929


Eboni Nicole Feemster, 1982-2016

      People get ready
For the train to Jordan

      Picking up passengers
From coast to coast.
      Faith is the key
Open the doors and board them
      There's hope for all
Among those loved the most

— Curtis Mayfield

PHOTO: More than 500 pack Reno's Second Baptist Church to overflowing in memory of Eboni Nicole Feemster
Reno News & Review / 1-28-2016

Heaven-sent: December 3, 1982
Called Home: January 9, 2016

Eboni was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, and had a special love for children and the elderly. Eboni's desire to bring joy to everyone around her was evident in her warm smile and contagious laugh. Eboni's favorite things included her family, cooking, the color purple, shopping, creative writing and art. Eboni was proud of her heritage and loved to cook dishes that reflected her Black, Belizean and Italian roots.

Eboni was a member of Second Baptist Church and often attended Greater Life Christian Center. Her faith gave her comfort throughout the years as she struggled with Type 1 Diabetes. Throughout Eboni's illness, she remained a wonderful and caring person who derived tremendous joy and laughter from sharing stories about her nephew Marcus, Jr.

Eboni was born December 31, 1982, to Darryl and Elena Feemster. Eboni was blessed to have two mothers and grew up with her father and her second mother Michele Feemster. Although Eboni lived in Las Vegas for a short while, the majority of her life was spent in Reno. Eboni graduated from Hug High school in 2001. She went on to attend Truckee Meadows Community college. She worked as a personal care attendant for years until her illness became unmanageable.

Eboni was called home to Heaven on Saturday, January 9, 2016.

She is survived by her mothers Elena Smith (Las Vegas) and Michele Feemster (Reno); father Darryl Feemster (Reno), grandmothers Dolores Feemster (Reno), Erlinda Ford (Los Angeles) and Ruby Jean May (Phoenix, Ariz.); grandfather Valentine Smith, Jr. (Belize City, Belize); sister Candace Prince (Las Vegas), brothers Marcus and Darryl Feemster, Jr., (Reno), Brandon Harper (Portland, Ore.) and Jeremy Prince (Las Vegas); fifteen aunts and uncles plus a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Our sweet Eboni, not a day goes by when you are not loved and missed. Your memory will be held and cherished in our hearts forever.

Home-going celebration: 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 25, 2016, Second Baptist Church, 1265 Montello St., Reno, Nevada

Condolences may be uploaded to Legacy.com.

      Reach out your hand if your cup be empty,
If your cup is full, may it be again,
      Let it be known there is a fountain,
That was not made by the hands of men.

      There is a road, no simple highway,
Between the dawn and the dark of night,
      And if you go, no one may follow,
That path is for your steps alone.
— Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter

January 12, 2016

TO: Reno-Sparks NAACP members and friends
FROM: Andrew Barbano

Dear Friends:

Former Branch Treasurer Dolores Feemster notified me this morning of the January 9 passing of her grand-daughter, beautiful Eboni Nicole Feemster. She had just turned 33 on Dec. 31, 2015, and had long suffered from chronic illnesses.

Eboni was a Hug High School graduate and the daughter of Darryl Feemster and Elena Smith. She is also survived by her step mother Michelle Feemster and the far-flung Feemster family, including her uncle, former four-time Branch President Lonnie Feemster.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 25, 2016, at Reno's Second Baptist Church, 1265 Montello Street. If you can help the family with expenses, please go to GoFundMe.com and search for "eboni feemster".

Your kind thoughts and prayers will be appreciated.

Thank you.

Andrew Barbano, First Vice-President
NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112

      And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
      We're captive on the carousel of time
We can't return we can only look
      Behind from where we came
And go round and round and round
      In the circle game
— Joni Mitchell


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