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NAACP Reno/Sparks Branch #1112
Phone: (775) 322-2992
P.O. Box 7757
Reno, NV 89510
UP NORTHEAST RENO AS WELL AS HUG HIGH'S NEW NAME
Sign the re-name for Dolores Feemster petition at Change.org/istandwithfeemster
A beautiful day in Mother Feemster's Neighborhood > Taking it to the streets
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.
wear a mask and observe social distancing. Project organizers will provide access
to sanitizer, gloves, safety vests, pickup sticks and trash bags," she
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 communitys 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
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FROM ADRIENNE FEEMSTER
"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
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