2020 News & Events
Reno/Sparks Branch #1112
Phone: (775) 322-2992
P.O. Box 7757
Reno, NV 89510
Email: info@renosparksnaacp.org

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A beautiful day in Mother Feemster's Neighborhood —> Taking it to the streets

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RENO, NV (9-19-2020) — The fight to rename Procter Hug High School is by far from over if Dolores Feemster's granddaughter has her way.

"Last May, our embattled school board insulted the minority community of northeast Reno by re-naming Hug High for anyone other than Reno-Sparks NAACP matriarch and career educator Dolores Feemster," asserted Adrienne Feemster.

"We marched to the school district administration building in protest last month, we are now raising these important issues again and will continue to do so," she added.

"Show Some Love in the Northeast" starts at Hug High School at 10:00 a.m. Saturday in honor of "Mother Hug", Dolores Feemster. It concludes at nearby Pat Baker Park as part of National CleanUp Day.

"Before 10:00 a.m., we will warm up with beverages and packaged breakfast bars. Participants may also bring their own food.

"Everyone should wear a mask and observe social distancing. Project organizers will provide access to sanitizer, gloves, safety vests, pickup sticks and trash bags," she added.

Marchers will pickup refuse along the way as they march to the park.

"We will raise a banner and placards meant to increase awareness of a call to action for one of the community’s own, my grandmother, Dolores Feemster," she said.

"We must bring Mother Hug home," she demanded.

"At the park, the Reno-Sparks NAACP will conduct voter registration and we will have tables for hydration, snacks for the cleanup team, music and networking opportunities for community members and local activists," Feemster said.

The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees had four votes firm last November to rename the re-purposed Hug High School for former Reno-Sparks NAACP president and 37-year Hug counselor Dolores Feemster.

After conducting a poll of its seven members, the board curiously failed to vote but sent the issue back to its naming committee.

Six months later, votes had magically flipped and the new trade school was named for the late State Sen. Debbie Smith, D-Sparks.

"Sen. Smith had an admirable career and we support having another school named for her," Adrienne Feemster said.

"But Hug was central to my grandmother's life's work in the northeast Reno neighborhood where she was born, resided and worked for nine decades," Adrienne Feemster added.

"Mrs. Smith always regretted her support of the corporate welfare STAR Bonds law which continues to drain millions from Nevada school budgets and will do so for decades to come," Feemster says.

"The school board vote was an inequitable illusion of inclusion," Feemster added.

In May, without the public present, the board flipped from 4-3 Feemster to 4-3 Smith.

"To hold a virtual meeting in the middle of a pandemic, without adequate functioning for proper public participation and comments is inexcusable, especially in a highly-charged school naming competition involving a historical community that is already marginalized and at a disadvantage to participate virtually," she asserted.

"The school board needs to reconsider this unfortunate decision to demonstrate that contrary to its Mississippi West background, Black Lives finally Matter in Reno, Nevada," Ms. Feemster said.

"Today, Dolores Feemster again matters to her community as her descendants improve her city in her name."

SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS: Showing Up for Racial Justice (S.U.R.G.) and Black Lives Matter Reno-Sparks


"Along our path, we will make social justice chants, play music and show that team work makes the dream work! Upon our arrival at Pat Baker Park, we will neatly place remaining trash bags for pick up and move into an intermission for recuperation and a final statement in honor of those extraordinary individuals and groups nominated for acknowledgment.

"We will also hold a moment of silence for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

"During the intermission, we will encourage attendees to check out tables for refreshments, chalking and non-partisan voter registration through the Reno-Sparks NAACP and ACTIONN. People may also to take advantage of social networking opportunities to meet and greet northern Nevada activists and community leaders who can share information about how to become more involved in the pursuit of racial and social justice in our community.

"In honor of those who have made an extraordinary impact related to northeast Reno, the project will conclude with statements of recognition for local community members, individuals and groups who have made exemplary contributions to Mother Dolores' Neighborhood and its residents.

"Together we can build a flourishing community and have a safe and happy place for all to call home."

Donations welcome: Bottled water, sealed beverages and snacks, sanitizer wipes and helping hands. If you would like to participate in hosting or setting up a table as part of the event, please contact FeemsterLegacy@gmail.com


Adrienne Feemster
(702) 860-4964

"Save the Post Office Saturday"—>National Day of Action
On Saturday, August 22, at 11 a.m. (local time), we will show up at local post offices across the country.
We will have our NAACP Branch Voter Registration and Census bookmarks to pass out to folks and our banner at the rally.
Please let me know if there are any questions. Thank you.
Jeanetta Williams
President, NAACP Salt Lake Branch & Tri-State Conference of Idaho, Nevada and Utah
Former Member, NAACP National Board of Directors
Nevadans brave killer smoke to revive US Postal Service
ThisIsReno.com / 8-22-2020

Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 8-5-2020 Sparks Tribune

HOT AUGUST STRIFE 2020 Demonstrations and Good Trouble
BRING MOTHER HUG HOME: School board Hug High re-naming vote must be reconsidered for Dolores Feemster
First-ever summertime MLK Highway Caravan


3000 Black Entrepreneurs Meet June 16

The Gathering Spot Club: No More Talk

On June 16th, 3,000 Black entrepreneurs will attend No More Talk: Our People, Our Businesses, Our Responsibility, a joint production of We Buy Black and The Gathering Spot. The task of rescuing our community is a task for black people. We Buy Black and SheaMoisture partnered to launch the Black Business Relief Fund but with $100,000, just 20 businesses were able to receive grant funding.

Black entrepreneurs need a roadmap forward and without it, black communities across the country will suffer. At this virtual event, black entrepreneurs will begin to mobilize for our communities and pump $4.5 million directly into our businesses. It’s now or never, the future is in our hands. Click here to register now.

The event will take place at 8:00 p.m. eastern (5:00 p.m. PDT / 0:00:01 GMT 6-17) on Tuesday and if you’re a business owner or aspiring entrepreneur, you need to be there. While the country and the business community seek to rebound from nationwide protests, black entrepreneurs have the added burden of rebounding from COVID-19, which threatens to wipe out a generation of black entrepreneurs. This isn’t another session where you’ll hear speeches and it won’t be an “amen” session for clicks. This meeting will be a work session.

Not only will business owners get direct coaching from experts on finance, business law and entrepreneurship, there will also be an onramp to receive additional funding from the Black Business Relief Fund. A black venture capitalist will be advising founders on how to get capital from investors and seasoned, successful black entrepreneurs, will lay out strategies on how to pivot your business model, during this trying time.

Black entrepreneurs must succeed. No one employs a greater concentration of black people than black entrepreneurs. In the history of our community, black entrepreneurs have always been the backbone of the freedom movement. When protestors needed to be fed, black entrepreneurs fed them and bailed them out of jail. When Harold Washington, Jesse Jackson, Maynard Jackson and so many other black politicians sought public office, it was the black business community that helped them get started. The black business community is, however, threatened for survival.

When the interstates were built in the 1950s and 1960s, black businesses were decimated. In Nashville, 80 percent of black businesses were destroyed when I-40 was constructed. COVID-19 poses a similar threat to the black business community. As the nation tries to rebound and protests rage, this virtual event is critical and you need to be there.


NOTE: The above organizations are neither affiliated with nor endorsed by the Reno-Sparks NAACP. This information is posted as a courtesy to those who may want to participate or view the event. Thank you.


Join the Branch and/or donate to the cause


The Branch press release announcing the event delivered not only contributions which paid for program printing at a surplus, but also scored KOLO TV-8 news in addition to the following.
Great work, everyone.

Reno-Sparks NAACP hosts new annual symposium to discuss health care
By Jeri Chadwell / News Editor / Reno News & Review 2-20-2020

NAACP hosts Health & Environmental/Climate Justice Symposium
9:00a.m.-2:00p.m. / Saturday Feb. 15 / University of Nevada-Reno / Student Union / 4th Floor


Lonnie Feemster (775) 722-0042
Patricia Gallimore (775) 846-2952

Andrew Barbano
(775) 786-1455

RENO — The Reno-Sparks NAACP's major Black History Month event happens this Saturday at the University of Nevada. the Reno-Sparks Branch's Inaugural Health & Environmental/Climate Justice Symposium.

Blue chip panels of experts will speak and answer green questions on the (figuratively and literally) burning health issues of our time.

Attendance is free and lunch will be provided at no charge for the first 100 who make reservations at (775) 322-2992. Attendees may park at no charge in the nearby Brian Whalen or Stadium West garages.

After event expenses, proceeds will be earmarked for the Branch scholarship fund.

Dr. John Wynn and the late Pastor Live M. Tau will be honored with achievement awards. A complete agenda and list of speakers may be accessed at RenoSparksNAACP.org/

The Reno-Sparks Branch is one of only 10 affiliates in the nation to receive foundational funding through a grant from the newly established NAACP Environmental/Climate Justice Program. Local sponsors include the UNR School of Medicine's Sanford Center on Aging, the City of Reno and the Washoe County Health District.

Reno-Sparks Branch No 1112 will celebrate its founding at its 75th Anniversary Freedom Fund Dinner this coming October. An array of other events involving the US Census, voter education and registration, among others, will be announced as they are finalized. Next up: Nevada César Chávez Day XVIII, May 30, 2020, at the Atlantis Resort.



Reno-Sparks NAACP UNR Symposium Agenda 2-15-2020

Foundational funding by a grant from the NAACP Environmental/Climate Justice Program.
The Reno-Sparks Branch has been honored as one of 10 inaugural recipients.

For further information, luncheon reservations and/or contributing to support the event, call (775) 322-2992 or e-mail Patricia Gallimore or Janet Serial. Thank you.



MLK weekend events

NEW JIM CROW AUTHOR: "Everything has changed and nothing has changed"

INJUSTICE ON REPEAT: From mass incarceration to mass deportation, our nation remains in denial
By Michelle Alexander / The New York Times / Jan. 17 & 19, 2020
Printable text version

Ms. Alexander has just released the 10th anniversary edition of her seminal bestseller, "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness," from which the above is adapted.




Hot off the press: "The Westside Slugger"
The life and times biography of Joseph M. Neal, Jr.

Nevada's first African-American senator

By Nevada Press Association Hall of Famer John L. Smith
Published in January 2019 by the University of Nevada Press


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