Addie Mae Collins
Denise McNair
Carol Robertson
Cynthia Wesley

      On Sept. 15, 1963, the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed by Ku Klux Klan members, killing four girls attending a Sunday service at which the sermon was titled "The love that forgives. It was "the deadliest act of the civil rights era," according to today's New York Times; on Sept. 15, 2001, four days after the September 11 tragedies, U.S. Representative Barbara Lee, D-Calif., was the only member of Congress to vote against granting unlimited military power to George Bush. [Courtesy of Nevada Journalist Dennis Myers' Daily Almanac]

      On Nov. 18, 1977, Klansman Robert Chambliss was convicted for his involvement in the 1963 bombing of Birmingham, Alabama' s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church that killed four girls, a conviction achieved by Alabama officials after the FBI covered up evidence in the case. Chambliss was convicted of murdering Denise McNair, one of the girls. [Courtesy of Nevada Journalist Dennis Myers' Daily Almanac]

Reno-Sparks NAACP opposes Charter cable channel move

Celebrate 40 Years of Good Will and Understanding

Pat Shannon Baker, center, during the "Instant Park" construction in Reno, July-1968.

The Reno/Sparks NAACP Branch and Youth Council’s Back To School Stay in School Rally

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the building of Pat Baker Park

Activities and food for the family!

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008
2:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Family Education Summit information

Free Refreshments and Activities

NAACP extends thanks to the following churches for their love and support: Word Of Life Ministry, Second Baptist Church, Pilgrim Rest Baptist, First Baptist-Black Springs, Mt. Hope Baptist, Greater Light Christian Center, Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist, New Jerusalem Baptist, Freedom Baptist, Perfect Peace Community Baptist, Grace Tabernacle C.O.G.I.C., Rehoboth Holy Temple, Center Of Hope, Greater Harvest, Bethel AME, Sparks Seventh Day Adventist and others who have supported our work.

“A community celebration of harmony and history”

Call (775) 425-3831 for more information.

Thanks to our sponsors
Washoe County
City of Reno
Sierra Pacific Power Company
Ambassador Productions
8:30 p.m. Movie in the Park by Reno Parks and Recreation

Parent information:
“How to help your students succeed”
Community organizing tools

Reno-Sparks NAACP 63rd Annual Freedom Fund Banquet
Atlantis Casino-Resort-Spa Convention Center, Reno
Saturday, June 7, 2008

Pat Baker on Barbwire.TV, Friday, June 6, 2008, 2:00 p.m. PDT
Program will re-air on July 4 / Reno-Sparks-Washoe Charter cable 16 and Barbwire.TV online

Matriarch of Pat Baker Park returns 40 years later
Will attend Freedom Fund event and present historic film of the 1968 tribute to Dr. King
Daily Sparks Tribune / 6-1-2008

Profile of Keynote Speaker Alice A. Huffman

The 2008 Evening's Agenda


Happy Birthdays!

On Feb. 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born in Hodgenville, Kentucky; on Feb. 12, 1900, Lift Every Voice and Sing by James Weldon Johnson, considered the black national anthem, was performed for the first time by a choir composed of schoolchildren at segregated Stanton School in Jacksonville, where Johnson was principal; On Feb. 12, 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded. (Courtesy of Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' Poor Denny's Almanac)

In the news

DR. KING: 40 Years – Life, Death, Unfinished Business
Reno MLK Artown Events, July 25-26-27, 2008


NAACP spotlights suit against 17 lenders
Reno Gazette-Journal 7-3-2008

CNN Presents: Black in America
A six-hour television event, examines the complex issues, successes and struggles
of black men, women and families. Reported by Soledad O'Brien.
July 23 and 24, 2008

Reno-Sparks NAACP asks Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County to fully honor Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday

Reno-Sparks NAACP Branch 1112 and Community Partners celebrate NATIONAL WOMEN’S HEALTH WEEK
Starting with “Beauty and Health” Informational Health Fair May 10

Crusaders reunite
African-American civil rights leader Eddie Scott of Reno was honored Tuesday, May 6, by the Mature Adult Ministry group at Second Baptist Church. Friends and former employees praised Scott, who was the president of the local NAACP branch during the early 1960s.
Reno Gazette-Journal 5-7-2008

NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112 clarifies its mission in light of phone calls generated by Obama/Wright controversy

Observing the 40th anniversary of Dr. King’s Assassination
Remembering his life, death and unfinished business such as The Poor Peoples Campaign and Resurrection City and asking, in the words of his last book, "WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE: CHAOS OR COMMUNITY? WILDERNESS OR PROMISED LAND?"
Three days of community, conversation, reflection and action, April 4-6, 2008
First United Methodist Church on the river in downtown Reno
UPDATE: DR. KING: 40 Years – Life, Death, Unfinished Business
Reno MLK Artown Events, July 25-26-27, 2008

NAACP-backed lawsuit heads in federal court March 14
Hearing in Alexander v. Washoe County School District regarding the denial of due process to Ashley and Everette Ball when they were expelled from Reno's Hug High School. Open to the public.
Daily Sparks Tribune 3-9-2008

Community groups and members asked to write congressional delegation about $262 million Medicaid budget cuts
Daily Sparks Tribune 3-9-2008

Already in your community and coming soon to a TV set near you
Unnatural Causes, a four-part miniseries: Is inequality making us sick?

Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher calculated that in 2002 almost 85.000 African-Americans died who would not have died if black-white differences in health did not exist. That's the equivalent of one Boeing 737 being shot out of the sky and killing everyone aboard every day, 365 days a year. And they are all black.

Unnatural Causes for the first time on television sounds the alarm about our huge and alarming socio-economic and racial disparities in health — and searches for their causes, which are not what we might expect.

A look behind Reno's white curtain
Reno Gazette-Journal 2-27-2008

Reverend guides youths for next step in black leadership
The Rev. Onie Cooper will be honored in March at Second Baptist Church.
Reno Gazette-Journal 2-10-2008

Dolores Feemster and Janey Anderson work with low-income youth
Reno Gazette-Journal 2-3-2008

Afrocentric documentaries to run in February
Reno Gazette-Journal 2-1-2008

34-cent overdraft turns into $600 in fees
USeless Bank: Reno-Sparks Branch member victimized by service charges
Fees paid disproportionately by low- and moderate-income people
Daily Sparks Tribune 12-15-2007

Newspaper story on abused bank customer wins 2009 Nevada Press Association first-place award
34-cent overdraft triggers more than $700 in bank fees


NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112

P.O. Box 7757
Reno, NV 89510
Phone (775) 322-2992
Fax (775) 322-9909

Lucille Adin, President
Rose Gordon, First VP, Youth Co-chair
Larry Wilson, Second VP, Labor & Industry Chair
Rev. Onie Cooper, Third VP
Janet West, Secretary
Patricia Wilson, Treasurer

Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D.
Education Committee Chair
(775) 673-7090

Janet Serial, Health Committee Chair

Andrew Barbano, Political Action Chair

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Volunteer to work on the program and learn the craft of television production. Contact communications committee chair Ken Dalton,
(775) 741-5103.

OUR STORY: History Channel grant used to produce programs about northern Nevada African-Americans
Reno Gazette-Journal 2-8-2008

Copies of the students’ productions will be distributed to Washoe County school libraries and the Library District. The general public will be able to purchase copies through SNCAT (775.828.1211) at the end of March.

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Nevada NAACP in the Civil Rights Era

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1961 Interview with Tarea Pittman
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Lubertha Miller Johnson (1906-1989): NAACP branch president,
Nevada civil rights and womens' rights pioneer

Crusaders reunite
Reno Gazette-Journal 5-7-2008

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