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


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.


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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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