Commemorating the beginning of our second century



Foresight from fourscore years ago
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
April 4, 1967, Riverside Church, New York City
One year to the day before his assassination

"We can no longer afford to worship the God of Hate or bow before the altar of retaliation. The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever rising tides of hate. History is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued this self-defeating path of hate."

"I've been to the mountaintop"
In support of Memphis, Tenn., garbage workers
The night before his assassination / April 3, 1968

Nevada NAACP branches rely on Senator Reid’s voting record

January 10, 2010

In a statement, both the Las Vegas and Reno branches of the NAACP have each received calls of apology from Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., regarding his comments assessing President Obama’s candidacy. We believe his apology should be accepted for the words he used. One need only look at Sen. Reid’s proven record of leadership on civil rights and social justice to know where his heart truly lies. Throughout his career in public service, his voting record has earned the NAACP Washington DC Bureau’s highest ratings on the issues of critical importance to the African American community. 

The NAACP is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse candidates. We look forward to continue working with Sen. Reid on the important issues such as equality, economic opportunity, education and ensuring quality, affordable health care for all Americans
NAACP Reno Sparks Branch #1112 is led by Lonnie L. Feemster  and NAACP Las Vegas Branch #1111 is led by Frank Hawkins, Jr. 

President Feemster may be reached at (775) 322-2992. President Hawkins may be reached at (702) 638-1300.


Salvation on the street: Pretty Elle's trip to hell
Daily Sparks Tribune / 12-27-2009

Reno-Sparks NAACP joins Progressive Leadership Alliance and other organizations in publishing Racial Equity Report Card on 2009 Nevada Legislature
Carson City, 12-15-2009

Newspaper story on bank abuses wins 2009 Nevada Press Association first-place award
USeless Bank: Reno-Sparks NAACP member victimized by service charges
34-cent overdraft triggers more than $700 in bank fees
Fees paid disproportionately by low- and moderate-income people


The Oliver/Montello Task Force meets on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009. Cloyd Phillips, Executive Director of the Community Services Agency and Development Corporation, will be presenting a conceptual design of the proposed Dolores Feemster Education Center.

Please attend the meeting to provide input on the proposal — and spread the word.

If you would like to see Mr. Phillips' written presentation, please let us know and we will forward it in .pdf format.


Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 6:00 p.m.
Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center
1301 Valley Road
Reno, Nevada


Welcome and Introductions

Review of the development process of acquired properties

Presentation of proposed Dolores Feemster Education Center at 1801 Montello by Cloyd Phillips, Executive Director, Community Services Agency and Development Corporation

Discussion of initiating a Neighborhood Watch program in the Oliver Montello neighborhood

Closing Comments

Monthly meeting place changed

Please be advised that as of August 6, 2009, our location has changed. We will henceforth meet at the Community Services Agency, 1094 E. 8th Street in Reno. The executive committee will meet at 6:00 p.m., general membership at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are always held on the first Thursday of each month, excluding holidays.

July 31, 2009

For more information contact
Lonnie Feemster (775) 722-0042

Reno-Sparks NAACP calls for mutual respect during Hot August Nights

RENO — The Reno-Sparks Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has called upon local law enforcement and private security personnel to be on guard and vigilant against overzealous enforcement of laws and private policies during Hot August Nights events and on a continuing basis.

Letters are being sent to law enforcement agencies in Reno, Sparks and Washoe County, and private security departments including major hotel casinos, urging their awareness of public sensitivity regarding racial profiling.

Hot August Nights events have generated a large number of racial profiling claims in the past, although complaints to organizations like the NAACP during the event have been decreasing.
The recent arrest of African American Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates has generated a renewed national debate over the issue of racial profiling and law enforcement training in the area of conflict resolution.

“It is time to examine the local ‘policy and practice’ of all law enforcement agencies in our community. There is a heightened awareness of police interaction with citizens, particularly by people of color. There is also a need for an atmosphere of mutual respect,” stated local NAACP Branch President Lonnie Feemster.

The local NAACP, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN) and others for years have called for an independent police accountability review board to review complaints of police misconduct.

Feemster's letter to public and private entities asks for a copy of current racial profiling policies, including the date of last review and information on training policies.

“America should be reminded that what happened to Professor Gates happens to lesser known black men every day and that America will not be post-racial until we achieve post-racism. After 100 years since its founding, the NAACP still has much work to do,” Feemster stated.

The Reno-Sparks NAACP may be contacted at (775) 322-2992.  More information may be obtained at RenoSparksNAACP.org.


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RENO, Thursday, 7-30-2009 — NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch President Lonnie Feemster will discuss racial profiling with veteran news anchor Tad Dunbar live on the fly on The Dunbar Report at 6:30 p.m. PDT (01:30 GMT 7/31) on northern Nevada/eastern California KRNV TV-4 (NBC); KENV-Elko; online at mynews4.com.

Stay tuned for more on this issue and keep an eye on RenoSparksNAACP.org.

Thank you.


Reno-Sparks NAACP delegates attend 100th annual convention
President Obama addresses New York gathering on Thursday, July 16

July 13, 2009

For more information contact
Lonnie Feemster, President, NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112
(via Andrew Barbano, Second Vice-President, 775-786-1455)

NEW YORK, NY — NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112 has sent six delegates to the 100th Annual Convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Representatives include Branch President Lonnie Feemster, Treasurer Lucille Adin, First Vice-President Rose Gordon, Larry and Patricia Wilson. Attorney Jeffrey Blanck, chair of the branch legal redress committee, is attending continuing legal education training on civil rights issues.

The convention began Saturday, July 11, and will conclude on Thursday, July 16, with an address by President Barack Obama.

The strategy and future of the NAACP nationwide was laid out for hundreds of branch presidents at the annual convention Council of Presidents Luncheon on Sunday, July 12, 2009.

Branch President Lonnie Feemster stated that the "national organization's focus hits right at the heart of many of the problems in the Reno-Sparks community."

"The social progress in this area will be determined by the local branch success in connecting with the black churches, black community organizations and other civil rights advocates in northern Nevada," Feemster stated.

National and local NAACP agendas will focus on education, criminal justice, health, fairness and opportunity, voting and representation.

Education, health and criminal justice will be high priorities and targeted for immediate short-term gain and long-term strategies for improvement.

"We must create an awareness in our local community of the urgency and need to stop the failure by so many of our young people in education. We must also promote healthy lifestyles so young people can enjoy the benefits of success. Health problems abound, particularly in the African American population," Feemster said.

"We need membership involvement by people at the local level to compliment the research and technical support from the national NAACP office," Feemster said.

Membership information and applications may be obtained at RenoSparksNAACP.org.

The complete convention schedule may be accessed at NAACP.org

In the news

Newspaper story on bank abuses wins Nevada Press Association first-place award
USeless Bank: Reno-Sparks NAACP member victimized by service charges
34-cent overdraft triggers more than $700 in bank fees
Fees paid disproportionately by low- and moderate-income people

Dropout numbers troubling
According to a data profile compiled by the Washoe County School District, in 2006 the African-American graduation rate nearly reached 50 percent. By last year it had dropped to a third.
Reno News & Review/ 6-11-2009
Reno-Sparks NAACP Branch No. 1112 hosted a press conference and reception commemorating the centennial of the national organization's founding on Feb. 12, 1909. The event took place on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, at the Second Baptist Church, Montello and Carville in Reno.

President Lonnie Feemster's 2009 State of the Branch Report

NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112

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

2009-2010 Officers

Lonnie Feemster, President
Rose Gordon, First Vice-President
Andrew Barbano, Second Vice-President
Dolores Feemster, Secretary
Lucille Adin, Treasurer

Executive Committee
Jimi Sheryl Bufkin
Mary Cooper
Rev. Onie Cooper
Ken Dalton
Eurine Davis
Darryl Feemster
Dr. Debra Feemster
Jane Moon
William Moon
Bertha Mullins
Larry Wilson

Committee Chairs
Back-to-School/Stay-in-School: Lonnie Feemster
Communications: Ken Dalton
Economic Development: Bertha Mullins
Education: Dr. Debra Feemster
Freedom Fund Banquet: Rose Gordon
Health: Janet Serial
Labor and Industry: Larry Wilson
Legal Redress: Jeff Blanck
Membership: Dolores Feemster
Political Action: Andrew Barbano
Religious Affairs: Lonnie Feemster
Scholarships: Jane Moon
Youth Council: Darryl Feemster

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Please be advised that as of August 6, 2009, our location has changed. We will henceforth meet at the Community Services Agency, 1094 E. 8th Street in Reno. The executive committee will meet at 6:00 p.m., general membership at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are always held on the first Thursday of each month, excluding holidays.

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Watch NAACP Today
Every Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Charter cable digital channels 16 and 216
in Reno, Sparks and Washoe County, Nev.

Check local listings for Carson City Charter cable

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

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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

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On June 19, 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved after surviving an 83-day filibuster in the United States Senate. (NY Times/AP headlines)

Roy Wilkins/Arlington National Cemetery/June 19, 1963: Medgar Evers believed in his country. It now remains to be seen whether his country believes in him.

On this date in 1862, slavery was outlawed in the Territory of Nevada and other U.S. territories (see below); in 1865, three years after Lincoln issued the legally invalid Emancipation Proclamation, African Americans in Texas were told, incorrectly, that the proclamation had freed the slaves, the day becoming known among blacks as Juneteenth; in 1865, the first of several meetings called to organize to support "equal rights before the Law to all the Colored Citizens of the State of Nevada" was held in Virginia City;  in 1963, assassinated civil rights leader Medgar Evers was buried in Arlington National Cemetery; in 1964, after they voted for the cloture motion that ended the filibuster against the 1964 civil rights bill and guaranteed its approval, senators Edward Kennedy and Birch Bayh with Marvella Bayh and Kennedy aide Edward Moss took a small private plane from D.C. to West Springfield, Massachusetts, for the Massachusetts Democratic Convention and the plane crashed enroute, killing pilot Ed Zinny and Moss and breaking Kennedy's back (the Bayhs got him out of the plane in case it caught fire and then went for help); in 1967, Jack Edward Cossins of Henderson, Nevada, died in Gia Dinh Province, Vietnam (panel 22e/row 0100 of the Vietnam wall); in 1970, Pvt. Mark Crouse of Yerington, Nevada, was wounded in action in Cambodia with a foot injury and shrapnel in the back and arm; in 2004, a marker was dedicated in Virginia City commemorating African Americans on the Comstock near the site of the Boston Saloon, an African American owned business of the 1860s that was the subject of a 1999 dig by archeologist Kelly Dixon.

CHAP. CXI. An Act to secure Freedom to all Persons within the Territories of the United States.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That from and after the passage of this act there shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in any of the Territories of the United States now existing, or which may at any time hereafter be formed or acquired by the United States, otherwise than in punishment of crimes whereof the party shall have been duly convicted. APPROVED, June 19, 1862.

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