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   Poor Denny's Almanac 12-16-2010: On this date in 1773, Bostonians dressed as Native Americans threw tea into Boston bay to protest tea taxes being too low and to demand that those taxes be raised; in 1924, masked men invaded a Nashville, Tenn., hospital, seized and lynched black teenager Samuel Smith; in 1966, Eddie Scott was elected president of the Reno-Sparks NAACP; in 2005, The New York Times admitted that it does not publish all the news that's fit to print. Copyright © 2010 Dennis Myers. [Click here for the full edition at]

Reno-Sparks Branch Secretary Dolores Feemster recovering from surgery
Daily Sparks Tribune / 12-12-2010

Top labor leader and governor-elect's aide both raise the specter of an education lawsuit against the State of Nevada
Daily Sparks Tribune / 12-5-2010

Longtime civil rights advocate and NAACP member Patricia Fladager dies
Daily Sparks Tribune / 10-31-2010

An open letter from Shirley Sherrod: You and I can’t yield — not now, not ever / 8-17-2010

View the entire Shirley Sherrod speech that was so distorted by the radical right

ACLU, NAACP join group’s effort to block immigration petition
By Cy Ryan / Las Vegas Sun / 6-18-2010

Promoting fear of the black man's face

NAACP President: Use of black and brown faces as generic murderer examples hurts entire community
Reno Gazette-Journal 6-10-2010

Secret Witness organization: Use of black murderer's photo without context or i.d. on billboard is OK
Reno Gazette-Journal 6-1-2010

Branch president participates in death penalty forum
Barbwire / Daily Sparks Tribune / 6-6-2010

IN MEMORIAM: Rev. Jesse D. Scott

Nevada Legislature 2010

NAACP takes the lead in Nevada education crisis
Lonnie Feemster and Jeffrey Blanck take the fight to the people
REGIONAL TV+webcast 6:00 Live and 9:00 p.m. PST rerun SUNDAY FEB. 21, 2010

SUING FOR SCHOOLS: The case for making Nevada finally obey her constitutional mandate to provide for public education
Can we do any worse with a judge running the system?
Sen. Harry Reid blasts Gov. Jim Gibbons

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
Barbwire / Daily Sparks Tribune / 12-27-2009

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

2010 Freedom Fund Awards Banquet
Honorees and scholarship winners

2009 Freedom Fund Banquet

Honorees and scholarship winners


NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112

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

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

Annual Dues: $30 for individuals
Please make checks payable to:
NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch.
Please send to the above address.

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The Reno-Sparks NAACP meets at the Community Services Agency, 1094 E. 8th Street in Reno. The executive committee convenes 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.

Complaint Intake Forms
Mary Valencia Wilson
Political Action Chair Emerita


Watch NAACP Today
Every Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Charter cable digital channels 16, 216 & Hi-Def 80-295
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.

Useful Links

Other Nevada Branches

Nevada Humanities Civil Rights Gallery

History of Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112
University of Nevada Special Collections

The Nevada Black History Project

Nevada NAACP in the Civil Rights Era

University of California Oral History Project
1961 Interview with Tarea Pittman
NAACP West Coast Regional Director

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

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   The Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society celebrated Juneteenth 2010 on Sunday, June 13, at Wingfield Park on the river in downtown Reno. Actvities for children were conducted as was a basketball tournament, music and other entertainment and merchandise vendors. Admission was free. Stay tuned for next year. Info (775) 378-8792 or 354-2985.


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.

Courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily almanac.
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