2018 News & Events and Almanac Archive
Reno/Sparks Branch #1112
Phone: (775) 322-2992
P.O. Box 7757
Reno, NV 89510
Email: info@renosparksnaacp.org

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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Historical Black Colleges & Universities Tour 2018

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

Reno-Sparks Branch Commemorates "Great White Hope" Fight of the Century

Re-name former Hug High for Dolores Feemster
By William C. Webb, John A. White, Jr. and Andrew Barbáno / RGJ.com 5-7-2020 / Reno Gazette-Journal op-ed 5-10-2020


Dolores Monica Mendocino Feemster

SPARKS, NEVADA (25 May 2018) — Reno-Sparks NAACP matriarch and former president Dolores Feemster passed away in the 5:00 a.m. hour on Friday, May 25, 2018, at Northern Nevada Medical Center in Sparks, Nevada. She was 89. The U.S. civil rights community and all Nevada mourn. Memorial service arrangements have been announced. She was born in a house on Morrill Avenue in Reno on May 24, 1929. She celebrated her 89th birthday with her family yesterday. With Elder Bill Moon and Eddie Scott, the Reno-Sparks Branch has lost three former presidents in the past year. We carry forward in their honor.

Remembrances and Condolences

Send your memories and condolences to barbano@frontpage.reno.nv.us

   Reach out your hand
If your cup is 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

Robert Hunter & Jerry Garcia


A duo of D-Days visit Nevada this week
Barbwire by Andrew Barbano / Sparks Tribune 6-6-2018

Women's Hall of Famer Dolores Feemster was a rarity: A native Nevadan
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 5-31-2018

Mother Dolores: Our village loses its patron saint
Barbwire by Andrew Barbano / Sparks Tribune 5-30-2018

Reno loses civil rights activist, matriarch Dolores Feemster
By Anjeanette Damon / rgj.com Sunday 5-27-2018 / Reno Gazette-Journal — Memorial Day, 5-28-2018

Darryl K. Feemster, Sr., 1962-2017



Andrew Barbano (775) 747-0544 <barbano@frontpage.reno.nv.us>
Gary Feemster (917) 257-3133 <garyfeem1@yahoo.com>

Memorial service Saturday, June 9, Reno-Sparks Convention Center

RENO, NV (6-2-2018) — A memorial service for Reno-Sparks NAACP matriarch and former president Dolores Feemster will commence at 12 noon on Saturday, June 9, at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, W. Peckham and S. Virginia Streets.

The remembrance will be conducted in the convention center's Mt. Rose Ballroom on the west side of the building. Parking will be free. Attendees may park on the northwest side of the facility and may enter via the Peckham Lane entrance on the north side or the main entrance on the west side facing S. Virginia Street. Ushers will assist and direct.

Additional parking is available at the convention center's auxiliary lot on Peckham and Kietzke Lane. Pedestrians may cross at the light at Peckham and Coliseum Drive.

A reception will be held immediately after the service at the Hug High School cafeteria on Sutro at North McCarran in Reno. Mrs. Feemster was a longtime counselor at the school.

Mrs. Feemster will be interred at a private family ceremony at Reno's Mountain View Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 8, at Walton's Sierra Chapel, 875 W. 2nd Street in Reno.

Native Nevadan Dolores Monica Mendocino Feemster died at Northern Nevada Medical Center on May 25, 2018, a day after her 89th birthday. Stories of her life and remembrances may be accessed at RenoSparksNAACP.org/

A formal obituary will be published in the Reno Gazette-Journal beginning Wednesday, June 6.

Official Feemster Family Obituary
Reno Gazette-Journal 6-6-2018


Direct from Reno City Hall

Good news

May 23, 2018 — The Reno City Council appointed branch member Alex Goff to the city's new human rights commission.
Stay tuned

Direct from the wildes of Sparks — Better News

5-13-2018 — Reno-Sparks NAACP matriarch and former branch president Dolores Feemster continues making a miraculous recovery. She is undergoing rehabilitation at Manor Care in Spanish Springs and recently enjoyed a surprise party from branch members. Please continue sending cards and flowers — and lots of love. Thanks for your prayers and well wishes. Life is good.
THE LAST HURRAH WITH MOTHER DOLORES ON MOTHERS' DAY (5-13-2018) — Reno-Sparks NAACP matriarch Dolores Feemster at a Mothers' Day visit from family and friends. Left to right, front row: Grand-daughter Erica Young (who gave grandma a sparkling manicure); Dolores' daughter Cheryl Feemster and the guest of honor herself. Back row: Branch Second Vice-President Donald Gallimore, Sr.; Branch President Patricia Gallimore; Gallimore grand-daughters Kira and Diora; Executive Committee Member and Branch Legal Redress Committee Chair Victor Wowo; First Vice-President and Political Action Committee Chair Andrew Barbano; Past-President, Education Chair and son Lonnie L. Feemster, Jr.; future president Shannon Gallimore. [Photo: Carolyn Feemster Page, daughter]

Manor Care is located at 2350 Wingfield Hills Drive, Sparks NV 89436
Phone (800) 531-0695 or (775) 335-8275

Keep them flowers, cards and letters comin' in. Thank you.


Impending Special Events

June 2 Rummage Sale: We need items and volunteers
June 16: Juneteenth — We need volunteers for our booth
July 28: Greater New Hope Block party. We again need volunteers.

Reno-Sparks NAACP 73rd Annual Freedom Fund Awards Banquet / September 29, 2018 / Stay tuned.

Contact President Patricia Gallimore at (775) 322-2992

Watch this site for more details.

Poor Denny's Almanac for a sad Sunday

[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.]

On April 15, 1540, Jerome of Bohemia, a Wycliffe follower, was arrested by the Catholic Council of Constance (under duress he admitted heresy, then when ordered to repeat the confession in public he recanted and demanded a hearing, which was denied); in 1913, the Nevada State Journal reported that the University of Nevada baseball team, to avoid breaking a campus rule against playing on Sundays, played under the name “Nevada Stars” when it had Sunday games; in 1936, President Roosevelt signed legislation for a moratorium on debts owed by reclamation farmers and Native American irrigation projects to the federal government; in 1945, British and Canadian forces liberated Bergen Belsen, then turned it into a displaced persons camp, so Jewish refugees continued living there as late as 1950, often overriding British authority, electing their own leaders, achieving independent power, and planning emigration to Israel over British protests; in 1945, U.S. Army troops arrived at the Buchenwald death camp to discover the prisoners had liberated it four days earlier; in 1967, one hundred seventy five men burned their draft cards at a massive peace rally in Central Park in New York City; in 1971, Ring Lardner Jr., sent to federal prison in 1950 for refusing to cooperate with the House UnAmerican Activities Committee, received the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay for his M*A*S*H script—produced by 20th Century Fox, which had fired him on the day he appeared before HUAC; in 2001 in an Easter B.C. comic strip, cartoonist Johnny Hart portrayed a menorah’s candles burning out and the menorah breaking apart until only the shape of a burning cross remained (two years earlier, Hart had said publicly, “Jews and Muslims who don’t accept Jesus will burn in Hell”).

Edward R. Murrow at Buchenwald/April 15 1945: There surged around me an evil-smelling stink. Men and boys reached out to touch me. They were in rags and the remnants of uniforms. Death already had marked many of them, but they were smiling with their eyes. I looked out over the mass of men to the green fields beyond, where well-fed Germans were ploughing...

[I] asked to see one of the barracks. It happened to be occupied by Czechoslovaks. When I entered, men crowded around, tried to lift me to their shoulders. They were too weak. Many of them could not get out of bed. I was told that this building had once stabled 80 horses. There were 1200 men in it, five to a bunk. The stink was beyond all description.

They called the doctor. We inspected his records. There were only names in the little black book—nothing more. Nothing about who had been where, what he had done or hoped. Behind the names of those who had died, there was a cross. I counted them. They totaled 242—242 out of 1200, in one month.

As we walked out into the courtyard, a man fell dead. Two others, they must have been over 60, were crawling toward the latrine. I saw it, but will not describe it.

In another part of the camp they showed me the children, hundreds of them. Some were only six years old. One rolled up his sleeves, showed me his number. It was tattooed on his arm. B-6030, it was. The others showed me their numbers. They will carry them ‘til they die. An elderly man standing beside me said, “The children—enemies of the state!” I could see their ribs through their thin shirts...

We went to the hospital. It was full. The doctor told me that 200 had died the day before. I asked the cause of death. He shrugged and said, “Tuberculosis, starvation, fatigue and there are many who have no desire to live. It is very difficult.” He pulled back the blanket from a man’s feet to show me how swollen they were. The man was dead. Most of the patients could not move.

I asked to see the kitchen. It was clean. The German in charge...showed me the daily ration. One piece of brown bread about as thick as your thumb. On top of it a piece of margarine as big as three sticks of chewing gum. That, and a little stew, was what they received every 24 hours. He had a chart on the wall. Very complicated it was. There were little red tabs scattered through it. He said that was to indicate each 10 men who died. He had to account for the rations and he added: “We’re very efficient here.”

We proceeded to the small courtyard. The wall adjoined what had been a stable or garage. We entered. It was floored with concrete. There were two rows of bodies stacked up like cordwood. They were thin and very white. Some of the bodies were terribly bruised, though there seemed to be little flesh to bruise. Some had been shot through the head, but they bled but little.

I arrived at the conclusion that all that was mortal of more than 500 men and boys lay there in two neat piles. There was a German trailer, which must have contained another 50, but it wasn’t possible to count them. The clothing was piled in a heap against the wall. It appeared that most of the men and boys had died of starvation. They had not been executed.

But the manner of death seemed unimportant. Murder had been done at Buchenwald. God alone knows how many men and boys have died there during the last 12 years. Thursday, I was told that there were more than 20,000 in the camp. There had been as many as 60,000. Where are they now?

I pray you to believe what I have said about Buchenwald. I reported what I saw and heard, but only part of it. For most of it, I have no words. If I have offended you by this rather mild account of Buchenwald, I’m not in the least sorry....


Mother of God, what have we done? What have we allowed? And still do — to this very day 73 years later.

We Don't Need No Education Part LXXXVIII—>
Flying machines in pieces on the ground
Barbwire by Andres Luis Barbáno / Expanded from the 4-11-2018 Sparks Tribune

Last words of Martin Luther King, Jr., 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 April 4, 1507, Martin Luther was ordained a Catholic priest in Erfurt, Germany; also on this date in 1915, McKinley Morganfield aka Muddy Waters was born in Rolling Fork in the Mississippi Delta; in 1934, a year after churches in Germany were (mostly willingly) brought under state control, a group of Christian leaders led by Dietrich Bonhoeffer openly formed a Pastor’s Emergency League to oppose the Nazis and the state church, prompting many ministers to resign from the state church (Bonhoffer was hanged in 1945 at Flossenburg concentration camp); in 1934, the Reichbishop of the state church issued an order forbidding ministers from discussing the religious dispute in their sermons; in 1942, after his publication The Galilean claimed that the damage to U.S. forces at Pearl Harbor was greater than the Roosevelt administration had reported, FDR critic and presidential candidate William Dudley Pelley was arrested and charged by the Roosevelt administration with treason and sedition, later being convicted on 11 counts and sentenced to 15 years in prison; in 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke against the Vietnam war at Riverside Church in New York City; in 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated at age 39 while campaigning in support of striking trash collectors.

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.


Special Events — March/April 2018

And a little child shall lead them

We Don't Need No Education Part LXXXVII—>
Marked for life for making a phone call

Barbwire by Andres Luis Barbáno / Expanded from the 4-4-2018 Sparks Tribune

Wednesday, March 14: National student walkout for gun control. Stand by for detention, you rambunctious little protestors. The University of Nevada-Reno says OK. The Washoe County School District says you're busted, you truant juvenile delinquents.

DETENTION JUNCTION: Reno-Sparks students will risk reprisals for walking out against guns
By Siobhan McAndrew / Reno Gazette-Journal 3-13-2018

Walkout date is an opportunity for Washoe students
Washoe School District Trustee Scott Kelley Op-Ed / Reno Gazette-Journal 3-13-2018

Hope for a nation more interested in butt control than gun control —  Andrew Barbano, Sparks Tribune, 3-14-2018

Thursday, March 15: Hoop, food and loot on the Ides of March. The NAACP Youth Council hosts a meet-and-greet with players from the Reno Bighorns NBA Developmental League pro basketball team. Autographed swag for kids. Where and when: Godfathers Pizza, 645 Booth Street near Reno High School, 5:30-7:00 p.m. For information, contact Youth Council Chair Christin Smith (775) 544-2288 or Branch President Patricia Gallimore (775) 322-2992.

Saturday, March 17: St. Patrick's Day at the ballgame. Reno-Sparks NAACP Charity Night with the Bighorns. Tickets $10 via pre-sale thru the Branch. Proceeds benefit the Branch scholarship fund for local youth. For information, contact Youth Council Chair Christin Smith (775) 544-2288 or Branch President Patricia Gallimore (775) 322-2992.

Saturday, March 24: March for Our Lives — and against guns — March 24 in front of the Bruce Thompson Federal Building, W. Liberty at S. Virginia-Reno, 11:30 a.m., concluding at the Reno City Hall BELIEVE PLAZA at 1:30 p.m. Info: Nnedi Stephens, 775-338-4561...FREEBIE ALERT: Same day, 11:00 a.m. March 24, stylish hat party and free lunch for womens' rights; Evelyn Mount Center, Valley Road, Reno 89512.

Saturday, March 31: César Chávez Day XVI honoring the legendary union leader at Circus Circus-Reno. (Information at CesarChavezNevada.com/) In addition to an encore performance by the popular Ballet Folklorico de Nevada, the event will feature a world premiere preview of a new bilingual Broadway-style musical —  César Chávez Resistance! produced right here on the banks of the mucky Truckee. As always, Branch volunteers will staff a full display to recruit new members and register voters. The Northern Nevada Literacy Council will give away Spanish-language books.

Underscoring that Nevada remains a small community despite its growth, years before he became an international figure, César Chávez asked future Branch President Dolores Feemster to meet with him. They discussed issues over lunch at a Reno restaurant c. 1962, more than five decades ago. The rest, as they say, is history.

April TBA: Washoe County sheriff candidates forum sponsored by the Reno-Sparks NAACP, ACTIONN and other community organizations. Watch this website.


Hope and Fury: MLK, The Movement and The Media

NBC News will air the documentary "Hope and Fury: MLK, the movement and the media" Saturday, March 23, 8:00 p.m. PDT (Channel 4-Reno, Channel 12-Elko, Channel 3-Las Vegas) and and on MSNBC Sunday, March 25, at 9:00 p.m. EDT, 6:00 p.m. PDT (Check local cable listings.)

“The documentary explores how Dr. King and the leaders of the civil rights movement used the lens of the media to awaken America to the injustices of Jim Crow and segregation.
Rare archival footage and photographs combined with chilling and emotional interviews with witnesses, leaders and journalists reveal a fresh and unique perspective of the era. The film takes viewers on a dramatic journey from the murder of Emmett Till to Little Rock, from Selma to Memphis.
The documentary also draws connections to the present day. Echoes of the past reverberate through Ferguson and Charlottesville, as the film turns its attention to the relationship between the media and a new movement today." —8NBC

View the trailer at Democracy Now whose co-anchor, Amy Goodman, is interviewed on the program.

Turn on, tune in and tell a friend.


Take me out to the ballgame

Thursday, March 15: Hoop, food and loot on the Ides of March. The NAACP Youth Council hosts a meet-and-greet with players from the Reno Bighorns NBA Developmental League pro basketball team. Autographed swag for kids. Where and when: Godfathers Pizza, 645 Booth Street near Reno High School, 5:30-7:00 p.m. For information, contact Youth Council Chair Christin Smith (775) 544-2288 or Branch President Patricia Gallimore (775) 322-2992.

Saturday, March 17: St. Patrick's Day at the ballgame. Reno-Sparks NAACP Charity Night with the Bighorns. Tickets $10 via pre-sale thru the Branch. Proceeds benefit the Branch scholarship fund for local youth. For information, contact Youth Council Chair Christin Smith (775) 544-2288 or Branch President Patricia Gallimore (775) 322-2992.

Poor Denny's Almanac

[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 — On this date in 1878, boxer 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.

March 30 — On this date in 1963, aeronautical engineer Ed Dwight, an African-American U.S. Air Force test pilot, was admitted to U.S. astronaut training, where—after full public relations mileage was obtained from him—he was harassed and threatened into quitting two years later (he is now a renowned sculptor).

March 29 —On this date in 1951 in New York City, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of espionage by an all-Christian jury; in 1971, Lt. William Calley was convicted of murdering 22 Vietnamese civilians, the only responsible official ever brought to justice for the My Lai massacre.

March 28 — On this date in 1939, an agent for Argentine meat packers who supplied dog food in the U.S. was quoted by columnist Drew Pearson: “My two best sales areas are Park Avenue and the deep South. On Park Avenue, it is the dogs that eat the dog food, but in the deep South, it is the negroes and the poor whites.”; in 1944, the two-day murder of all the Jewish children in Lithuania’s Zezmariai death camp was completed; in 1953, the Reno Sparks Indian Colony formed a planning board to prepare for release of the colony’s residents from wardship and resultant securing of deeds to their properties; in 1979, an accident at Three Mile Island set off the nation’s worst nuclear power plant disaster.

March 27— On this date in 1961, after a morning in which African Americans from around Nevada poured into the state capital, a senate committee kept approving a weak civil rights bill and then revoking its approval, finally allowing a full senate vote by which the measure lost 9 to 8.

March 23 —On this date in 1918, trial began of the Woodrow Wilson administration's prosecution of 101 labor leaders indicted for “espionage” (opposing U.S. participation in World War One), among them Bill Haywood, who at age 15 worked in a mine in Nevada’s Humboldt County; in 1923, Chollar Mine worker Andy Antunovich lost an arm on the job as rumors circulated of a miners strike on the Comstock; in 1943, twenty-nine Jewish children from the La Rose Orphanage in France, and their adult caretaker, were gassed at Sobibor death camp; in 1954, French Chief of Staff General Paul Ely and U.S. Joint Chiefs chair Admiral Arthur Radford concocted a plan called Operation Vulture (Opération Vautour) to use an atom bomb in Vietnam to rescue the besiged French at Dien Bien Phu (both Vulture and other plans for U.S. involvement died when the Eisenhower administration was unable to lure British Prime Minister Winston Churchill into the scheme); in 1960, after Storey County District Attorney Robert Moore obtained a nuisance order from Nevada District Court Judge Richard Hanna that said Joe Conforte’s Triangle Ranch brothel was being “unlawfully used for the purpose of maintaining a house of prostitution” and should be destroyed at Conforte’s expense, a fire crew from Washoe County burned the brothel to the ground; in 1964, John Lennon’s In His Own Write was published; in 1979, former Chilean Ambassador to the U.S. Orlando Letelier was assassinated in Washington DC by two Cuban exiles hired by the regime of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. [EDITOR'S NOTE: Letelier's aide, Mrs. Ronni Karpen Moffit, a U.S. citizen, also died in the car bomb attack perpetrated by agents of a Nazi-loving mass murderer installed by the Nixon-Kissinger administration via a 1973 coup de'tat which resulted in the death of democratically elected President Salvadore Allende — and the death of the second-oldest democracy in the western hemisphere.]

March 22 — On this date in 1864 in the U.S. House, Representative Henry Winter Davis pointed out that Lincoln’s “emancipation proclamation” had no legal effect so it was necessary for congressional action to accomplish abolition of slavery.

March 21 (Barbwire/César Chávez XVI Update) — On this date in 1806, Benito Juárez was born. ¡Viva Juárez!

March 20 — On this date in 1896, the United States attacked Nicaragua, one of at least eight U.S. wars on that nation (1894, 1896, 1898,1899, 1907, 1910, 1912-33, 1981-90); in 1919, Slats, who would become the original MGM lion, was born at the Dublin zoo; in 1971, Army Secretary Stanley Resor announced reforms to deal with treatment of African Americans, particularly at U.S. posts in Germany where they received fewer promotions and harsher punishments than whites, and where they faced discrimination in off-base housing rentals; in 1994, Italian journalists Ilaria Lapi and Miran Hrovatin, who reportedly were digging into gun running by the Italian military in Somalia, were mysteriously murdered by a Land Rover full of gunmen in Mogadishu as Italian troops were leaving Somalia; in 2003, the U.S. government began its unprovoked war against Iraq; in 2009, Michelle Obama launched a campaign for healthy food and exercise by planting a vegetable garden at the White House, assisted by school children, and in a knee-jerk response Republicans attacked her and continued their assault for months, with Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann among those joining in the attack.

The César Chávez Long March 3-17-1966
by Reno artist Erik Holland

The original watercolor above was displayed for several years in the Nevada Legislature offices of Sen. (now Congressman) Ruben Kihuen, D-Las Vegas, prime sponsor of the 2009 César Chávez Day bill. Mr. Holland is preparing a new painting to be unveiled at César Chávez Celebration XVI on March 31, 2018, at Circus Circus-Reno. The Reno-Sparks NAACP will participate with a full display and voter registration, as usual. Click here for event information.

Copyright © 2009 Erik Holland. All rights reserved.

Poor Denny's Almanac
Remember: St. Patrick was once a slave who returned to minister to the land which shackled him

On St. Patrick's Day: in 1934, thirty African American students were ejected from the U.S. House of Representatives dining room when they sought service as a protest against the firing of a waiter who tried to serve blacks, with police shoving the students out of the restaurant, down the hallway, and outdoors, fists swinging and blows landing; in 1966, farm workers led by César Chávez began a march from Delano to Sacramento; in 1970, U.S. postal workers struck.
ourtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac © 2018]

March 16 — On this date in 1910, Reno’s African Methodist Episcopal Church received a permit to build a church on 220 Bell Street; in 1972, the first building of the Pruitt–Igoe complex, the infamous effort to remedy low-income housing in St. Louis, consisting of 33 11-storey apartment buildings on 57 acres, which was initially seen as a breakthrough in urban renewal when it opened in 1955, was demolished with a controlled implosion, and subsequent controlled implosions, on March 16, April 22, July 15 and many more; in 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.

The Ides of March — On March 15, 1945, the King Cole Trio was number one in the first Billboard magazine albums chart (Nat Cole later abandoned jazz for MOR ballad singing, but his trio’s recordings are still widely admired).

March 14 — On this date in 1915, a portrait of Abraham Lincoln by painter Charles Shean, purchased by the State of Nevada to hang in the Nevada Assembly hall, was unveiled.

March 12— On this date in 1955, jazz great Charlie Parker died in New York.

March 11 — On this date in 1968, a gold record was posthumously awarded to Otis Redding for "Dock of the Bay."

March 7 (BBC) — On this date in 1965, in a pivotal event of the modern civil rights movement, police in Selma, Alabama, used dogs and water cannon against peaceful civil rights marchers, beating and nearly killing now-Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia. The BLOODY SUNDAY TV images shocked the world.

March 4: On this date in 1887, twenty-three year old William Randolph Hearst purchased the San Francisco Examiner; in 1911, a million acres of federally managed land was transferred to the State of Nevada under the Carey Act [Editor's note: Read what happened to 4 million acres of Nevada land originally intended to benefit education in perpetuity, also by Dennis Myers, of course); in 1914, the new $110,000 University of Nevada library was dedicated; in 1944, four Jewish women found in the Aryan section of Warsaw were murdered; in 1970, over the objections of ABC network executives, Johnny Cash hosted blacklisted folk singer Pete Seeger on the Johnny Cash Show (Cash called Seeger’s critics “crackpots” and called Seeger “one of the best Americans and patriots I’ve ever known”); in 2002, Matthew A. Commons of Boulder City died near Gardez, Afghanistan; in 2007, the Associated Press reported that U.S. troops threatened the lives of Afghan reporters unless those reporters erased images of a U.S. attack on civilians: “Delete them or we’ll delete you.”

March 3: On this date in 1994, Nevada Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa issued a legal opinion saying that the county supremacy movement’s “Plan for Public Land” (which argues that Nevada holds title to federally managed lands within the state) does not have a “theory with any measure of respect in the legitimate legal community” [Editor's note: Cliven Bundy and Wesley Snipes, please call your laywers]; in 2003 at a food court in Crossgates Mall near Albany, New York, where he was having lunch with his son, attorney Stephen Downs was ordered by security guards to remove the “Give peace a chance” shirt he had purchased at the mall and was arrested and charged with trespass when he refused (the mall later backed down and asked that the charge against Downs be dropped after about a hundred people wearing peace shirts entered the mall and refused to leave until the complaint against Downs was withdrawn).

March 2: On this date in 1934 Tom Mix, Wallace Beery and other movie stars having lunch at the Brown Derby failed to get their food when the restaurant’s twenty-seven waiters walked out in a pay dispute; in 1946, the National Assembly named Ho Chi Minh president of Vietnam; in 1955, “Bo Diddley” by Bo Diddley was recorded for the Checker label, introducing the driving, insistent beat that was so influential that “Bo Diddley beat” became the term to describe it; in 1960, the Reno Evening Gazette and Nevada State Journal began moving from their offices on Center Street to a new building on Stevenson Street; in 1979, Norma Rae, a movie about union organizing at a J.P. Stevens textile plant, was released and its star, Sally Field, eventually was nominated for the Academy Award, Golden Globes, New York Film Critics Circle Awards, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, and award competitions of the National Society of Film Critics, the National Board of Review, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and the Cannes Film Festivaland won all of them; in 2009, Fox network personality Megyn Kelly and U.S. Representative Trent Franks claimed on the air that U.S. Sen. Harry Reid had language in the federal recession stimulus legislation that would be used to build a railroad from Disneyland in southern California to the Moonlite Bunnyranch in northern Nevada, which was false (and Reid opposes legal prostitution). [Editor's note: Did Harvey Weinstein know about this?]

2018 Nevada Black History Month Almanac
Courtesy of journalist Dennis Myers & friends
2018 News & Events Archive

THE BEST NEWS — Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018: Reno-Sparks NAACP matriarch and former branch president Dolores Feemster continues making a miraculous recovery. She has returned home from both hospital and recovery care. She was delighted to receive a stack of valentines last week. On Sunday, she said she is feeling much better and now, so can we. Please continue sending cards and flowers. And lots of love. Thanks for your prayers and well wishes. Life is good.


Special Events Archive

Friday, March 9: Washoe County Commissioner Kitty Jung will join community leaders honoring NAACP matriarch and former President Dolores Feemster and Pastor Glenn E. Taylor, Sr., at a fundraising dinner benefiting the local ACCEPT organization. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the former Airport Plaza Hotel (now SureStayPlus) on Terminal Way. Tickets are $50 and available by calling Gwen Taylor at (775) 233-1581. Proceeds will go toward prevention and education services for northern Nevada young people and families living in poverty. Programs include youth, parenting and financial literacy education, support services for individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and more. Bell-bottom Bulletin: 1970's attire is optional in honor of Rev. Taylor's 70th birthday.

Tell Them We Are Rising, the 170-year history of historically black colleges and universities, 9:00-10:30 p.m. on KNPB TV-5 Reno.
>At 10:30 p.m., TV-5 will telecast The Education of Harvey Gantt who integrated South Carolina's Clemson University in 1963 and became the first African-American mayor of Charlotte, NC. Gantt twice ran against racist U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms, R-NC, who used his legendary race-baiting and bigotry tactics to win re-election. Gantt generated substantial support in Nevada in the 1990 race.
>Some PBS stations will instead air
All the Difference at 10:30 p.m.
It traces the paths of two teens from the southside of Chicago who dream of graduating from college.
>Please check local listings.

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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.

At Nevadalabor.com, 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," rgj.com 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 NevadaLabor.com, 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

Darryl K. Feemster, Sr., 1962-2017

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

We Don't Need No Education Part LXXXVI—>
Racist terrorism in the Nevada outback
Mississippi West 2018: Sexy moral depravity abides
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 1-31-2018 Sparks Tribune & affiliated publications

MLK Weekend & Terrorism in the Nevada outback
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 1-17-2018 Sparks Tribune and affiliated publications

The spirits of MLK and Bull Connor live right here
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 1-10-2018 Sparks Tribune / Updated 1-11 and 1-12-2018
"The good Lord created the world. Mankind built the cities. And the Devil thunk up the small town."Auld folk wisdom

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