NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112

Founded 1944
Site map

In hoc signo vinces.

Face it, we've lost the public's trust
By David Kladney and Amy Royce / Chicago Tribune 12-3-2015
David Kladney is a retired Nevada journalist and attorney. He is a longtime member of the Reno-Sparks Branch and currently serves on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
Amy Royce is a special assistant to Mr. Kladney.

Don't diminish value of technical education

SAFETY WARNING: Sparks City Council votes Dec. 14 to allow unlicensed plumbers & electricians
Guest editorial from Stan Jones and Andrew Barbano
Reno Gazette-Journal online 12-10-2015 / Print edition 12-14-2015

NAACP unanimously opposes removal of licensing standards

     WHEREAS the NAACP has always supported the need for an educated workforce,
     AND WHEREAS the City of Sparks is proposing to remove licensing qualification requirements for plumbers and electricians,
     BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Reno-Sparks NAACP opposes passage of Sparks City Council Agenda Item No. 10.2 on its 14 December 2015 agenda, which would remove all such licensing qualification standards.

— Passed unanimously at the 12-10-2015 Reno-Sparks NAACP general membership meeting

Turf and training: Dirty deeds done dirt cheap
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 12-1-2015 Sparks Tribune

Read much more about it at

Branch President dismantles bigoted Reno Gazette-Journal column

Happy Thanksgibleting
Love and laughter to you and yours

On Dec. 1, 1955, on the night of Rosa Parks’ arrest, Jo Ann Gibson Robinson stayed up all night mimeographing 35,000 flyers announcing the boycott of the Montgomery bus system.

On November 27, 1914, Boston suffrage leader and labor organizer Margaret Foley said of the successful 1914 Nevada ballot campaign in which she campaigned extensively, “It seems like a dream, a dime novel, a moving picture”—but also said she “wouldn’t go through it again for $1,000,000…”; in 1933, two hundred county officials met in Reno with federal relief administrator for the district Pierce Williams and state labor commissioner William Royle, who briefed them on how to administer 3,000 federally created jobs in the state, which would pay 60 cents an hour; in 1942, the French sank their naval fleet at Toulon to keep it from falling into the hands of the Nazis; in 1966, billionaire recluse Howard Hughes arrived in Las Vegas where he remained for four years and the Las Vegas Review-Journal learned of his arrival and reported it (the Las Vegas Sun, which knew in advance of Hughes’ plans to move to Las Vegas but withheld the news from its readers, published an editorial castigating the R/J for violating Hughes’ privacy); in 1968, Steppenwolf by Steppenwolf, which contained the anthem “Born to be Wild”, went gold; in 1978, San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were murdered in city hall and former supervisor Dan White was arrested for the crime, which came on the heels of the Jonestown mass suicide by members of the People’s Temple that had previously been headquartered in San Francisco; in 2002, U.N. inspectors began a new round of inspections in Iraq that found no weapons of mass destruction, a conclusion George Bush and his administration refused to accept.

The actual first Thanksgiving
December 11 1621 — letter from Edward Winslow to a friend in England, the only known account of the original thanksgiving event:  Our harvest being gotten in, our Governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a more special manner rejoice together, after we had gathered the fruit of our labours. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the Company almost a week. At which time, amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and amongst the rest their greatest king, Massassoit with some 90 men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted. And they went out and killed five deer which they brought to the plantation and bestowed on our Governor and upon the Captain and others.

On November 26, 1944, with eight months still to run in World War Two, Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, Disciples of Christ, Presbyterian, Quaker, and Brethren churches and several religious organizations opposed the imposition of a peacetime draft (the draft expired at the end of the war, but in 1948 the red-baiting Truman administration used anti-communist hysteria to win approval from Congress of a peacetime draft that lasted until the Nixon administration and made presidential military adventurism easier); in 1956, Merle Travis’ mine worker song “Sixteen Tons” by Ernie Ford, the fastest selling single in history, hit number one on the Billboard chart where it remained for seven weeks; in 1986, One >From the Heart, a Francis Ford Coppola movie filmed in a Las Vegas built in southern California for the film, was released (the movie never recovered its cost and bankrupted Coppola’s Zoetrope Studios, becoming one of the legendary failures of motion picture history); in 2006 in post-election “news” coverage after Democrats won congressional majorities on the issue of opposition to the Iraq war, NBC reporter Norah O’Donnell said on-air that “not one military or foreign policy expert” supported withdrawal from Iraq, prompting Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting to produce a list of such experts.

On November 25, 1881, Angelo Roncalli, later John XXIII, was born in Sotto il Monte; in 1916, a month after collapsing during a speech on a western campaign trip against President Wilson and the Democrats, National Women’s Party leader Inez Milholland—known as the woman on the white horse—died of pernicious anemia at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles (Los Angeles Times: “LONG STRUGGLE IS VAIN, MRS. BOISSEVAIN IS DEAD Idol of the Suffragists and One of the Most Beautiful Women in United States Passes Away at the Good Samaritan Hospital After Long Efforts to Prolong Her Life Failed. … Lays Down Life for Women’s Cause.”) [EDITOR'S NOTE: She was the daughter of John Milholland, a newspaper editorialist and a reformer with the NAACP]; in 1942, the Nevada Intercollegiate League voted to have no state high school basketball tournament or track meet in 1943; in 1958 in the story line of Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, “Roger Thornhill” (Cary Grant) was framed for a murder that took place in a United Nations lounge; in 1967, “Incense and Peppermints” by Strawberry Alarm Clock hit number one on the Billboard magazine chart; in 1972, the Oakland Tribune reported that a federal investigation of Howard Hughes’ Las Vegas operations had begun in the spring of ‘72 and that indictments could be returned by early ’73; in 1986, President Reagan and Attorney General Edwin Meese shocked the nation and stunned Congress by admitting that $10 to $30 millions in profits earned from arms sold to Iran through Israeli agents had been turned over to Nicaraguan rebels; in 1998, the dueling pistols used in the 1859 Broderick/Terry duel (in which former California supreme court justice David Terry killed U.S. Senator David Broderick) were sold at auction for $34,500.

[Courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac. Copyright © 2015 Dennis Myers.]



Pasta for Diplomas: Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

No Opportunity Wasted (NOW) is hosting a fundraiser on Saturday, November 21, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows (2680 E 9th St., Reno) to help students raise money to participate in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Tour. In collaboration with the Washoe County School District and other organizations, NOW offers a free college prep program to students in the eighth through twelfth grades. It includes ACT, SAT and essay writing instruction through a series of Saturday workshops.  NOW is a comprehensive college prep program that coaches motivated students through the college search and application process. To help broaden students’ college-planning horizons, the program will culminate with visits to HBCUs in Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC in March, 2016. Advanced tickets are $25 per person. Click here to reserve tickets. Donations are welcome.

College students recruited to aid neighborhood children.

Reno News & Review 11-5-2015 (By Dennis Myers) — HELPING HANDS: City youth/senior parks manager Darryl Feemster Sr. met at the Mount Community Center last week with University of Nevada, Reno students to recruit them for a program at the Duncan neighborhood library branch. Truckee Meadows Community College students are also welcome. The students would work with neighborhood children with schoolwork or other problems they might be having. These are paid positions and several students filled out applications and security check forms at the meeting. Those interested in applying can email

On Thursday, Oct. 29, the Committee to Save the Duncan Community Library hosts a pasta feed for those willing to sign up as volunteers to preserve and expand the multi-purpose facility.

Twenty years ago, Darryl Feemster rallied former NFL players and local leaders to build the facility which has recently suffered recessionary budget cuts and threats of closure. (Public officials always cut services for the disabled and libraries first. Why?)

The Duncan Library serves the neighborhood in addition to the adjacent elementary school.

The event begins at 6:15 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Evelyn Mount Community Center (the long-ago YWCA) at 1301 Valley Road. To attend and volunteer, RSVP at (775) 657-4600.

From Barbwire by Barbano, Sparks Tribune 10-27-2015

70th Annual Reno-Sparks NAACP Freedom Fund Awards Banquet
Pursuing Liberty in the Face of Injustice
Thanks to everyone who attended and made the event a great success.
Please mark your calendars and join us next year.

Circus Circus-Reno Mandalay Ballroom, Saturday 24 Oct. 2015

Saturday evening, October 24, 2015 * Circus Circus Mandalay Ballroom, Reno
Reserve your 2016 sponsorship, program ad and/or tickets now. Click here for complete information.

Latest News: Why we fight
—> Sen. Ruben Kihuen to emcee Oct. 24 70th Annual Freedom Fund Awards Banquet
Speakers and award winners announced

—> Alabama stops most African-Americans from registering to vote
—> Save the Duncan Community Library Committee
Washoe County schools norovirus outbreak spreads
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 10-6-2015 Sparks Tribune

Congratulations to longtime Branch member Bertha Mullins who traveled to St. Louis in late October to receive an award naming her to the Church of God in Christ's list of 150 influential women of 2015. Well deserved. (Information from the front page of the 10-17-2015 Reno Gazette-Journal)

Reno and Sparks public meetings Sept. 16-17: Impediments to fair housing

Remember workers on Labor Day weekend

BREAKING NEWS: Washoe Library Director Arnold Maurins: All plans to scuttle Duncan Library have been dropped

San Francisco, 3 Sept. 2015 — The case reversed today involved the Sandoval administration in 2012 failing to provide voter registration at public assistance offices in accordance with the 1993 National Voter Registration Act. In an interview with the Associated Press, Reno-Sparks NAACP First Vice- President Andrew Barbano was asked by reporter Michelle Rindells if the state has gotten any better. Barbano noted how trying to register the least among us is always an arduous task. The disabled, persons of low income and/or advanced age often just do not have the resources of the majority. Barbano added that the Branch has received complaints that Nevada Dept. of Motor Vehicles staff only ask occasionally despite the law that they must offer registration to all comers.

The flouting of the law could have resulted from a combination of state budget cuts, poor communication and bad administration, Barbano added. The most disappointing thing was the state's defensive and expensive response rather than 'fessing up and just trying to fix the problem.

The 2012 infractions at issue came under Republican Brian Sandoval's administration at a time when Democratic Secretary of State Ross Miller acted as chief elections officer. (Current Republican SOS Barbara Cegavske is named as appellant in the decision.) As a state senator in 2013, she proposed voter suppression legislation which the branch successfully fought as we did this year.

The most surprising result came with the Ninth Circuit panel's rare removal of the lower court jurist, George W. Bush-appointed U.S. Dist. Judge Robert Clive Jones. Such things seldom happen but his conduct, as noted in the decision, warranted such a professional slap in the face. The 29-page decision may be accessed via the above link.

Court revives Nevada welfare office voter registration suit
By Michelle Rindells / Associated Press 9-3-2015 / From the website of KSL Radio/TV, Salt Lake City. Go figger.
A slightly truncated version (minus the final 3.5 paragraphs) appeared on page 4A of the 9-4-2015 Reno Gazette-Journal

Stay tuned for more as this story develops

Aug. 28, 1963: Sanitizing MLK

Martin Luther King/August 28 1963: This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children. It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

On this date in 1963, African-American labor leader A. Phillip Randolph, who first scheduled his March on Washington for July 1, 1941, but cancelled it after President Roosevelt signed an executive order throwing thousands of defense jobs open to previously barred blacks and creating a Fair Employment Practices Committee to enforce it, finally held the March on this day (this time over the objection of President Kennedy), drawing 200,000 to the nation’s capital where the press sanitized the militant posture of many participants and speakers (above).

[Courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac. Copyright © 2007-2015 Dennis Myers.]

BOND, JULIAN BOND. Legendary civil rights leader Julian Bond lies dead at 75. I had the honor of corresponding with the great man last November and utilized his words as we helped prevent Assemblymember Ira Hansen, R-Sparks, from becoming speaker of Nevada's lower house. Bond went out in the saddle, working for the cause until the day he died. My role model.
Barbwire by Andrew Barbano / Sparks Tribune 8-25-2015


For Black/African-American families of the Washoe County School District Pre-K through 12th grade. Help us close the achievement gap for all students. WCSD wants to build a stronger relationship with our families, honor your knowledge as a parent and provide you an opportunity to connect with other families in our community. We’ll listen to your needs and learn how we can better support you.
• Speak with Superintendent Traci Davis
• Meet with School Board Vice-President Dr. Angie D. Taylor
• Learn about resources and supports in the school district to support your child’s needs.
• Connect with other families and be empowered to advocate for your child’s success!

• Continue discussions with district staff
• Connect with other families in WCSD
• They want to hear from you!
Dinner served • Childcare provided
Hug High School / N. McCarran at Sutro / Reno 89512
6:00 pm – 7:30 p.m. Monday August 24
Questions? 775-789-4685

Save the Duncan Community Library from closure
Save the Duncan Community Library Committee

Duncan Library Committee meets at 5:15 p.m. on first Thursdays at
Duncan Community Library, 1650 Carville Drive, Reno NV 89512


Expanded summer hours will inform long-awaited future expansion of service

Interview with new Washoe County Library System Director Jeff Scott
Reno News & Review / 1-21-2016

PHOTO: New director visits Duncan Library Committee meeting
Reno News & Review / 1-21-2016

9-3-2015: At today's Save the Library Committee meeting, Washoe Library Director Arnold Maurins stated definitively that all plans to scuttle the Duncan Library have been scuttled. It was noted from the floor that notwithstanding recent Reno News & Review and Reno Gazette-Journal reportage that the library has been saved, it has so far been just kind words from two commissioners with nothing passed at the commission level. Mr. Maurins stated that "it's the (Library) Board's call, not the commissioners," and that he has dropped all plans.

We have developed some good potential permanent funding sources for the library and perhaps a new community resource center to be located thereat, which means more work for the future. We have thus set regular meetings for 5:15 p.m. on first Thursdays. Thanks to everyone who supported keeping the multi-purpose facility open. Well done.


BBQ AND BACKPACKS (8 Aug. 2015) —Branch members at the Backpacks and BBQ event at the Duncan Library. Left to right (unidentified lady, please let us know), Branch President Patricia Gallimore, longtime Branch member and library co-founder Darryl Feemster, Washoe County Commissioner Kitty Jung and Save the Library Committee member Tim Feutsch. (Lonnie Feemster photo)

Duncan branch library to stay
A major step forward — but the work of the Branch is not over
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 8-13-2015

Special Library Open House Saturday 8 August 2015, 11:00 a.m.— 3:00 p.m. 1650 Carville Drive, Reno
"We are on the road to a library open house and back to school celebration at the Duncan Community Library on August 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We have back to school supplies, food and more but we need people willing to help. Please let me know if you know of anyone that will come out to make it a great day for our community's youth. Please call me at 775-722-4303. I really need people to help get the word out so give me a call." — DARRYL FEEMSTER, Committee Chair

"OK folks, it is time for the library and school opening event.  Please come to our final planning meeting before our big Saturday event.  We will meet at 5:15 p.m. at the Duncan Community Library, 1650 Carville Drive, on Thursday, Aug. 6.  This a great opportunity for everyone to see the facility and make all the final plans for Saturday.  Please come out I will try to get us in and out in less then a hour.  Thanks to Frankie and Mrs. Jones for coming out on Saturday and helping clean up around the outside.  We have everything lined up for a great event this weekend.  Please e-mail me to let me know if you can make it or call me at 775-722-4303.  Thanks for all you do for our youth and community." DARRYL FEEMSTER, Committee Chair

Letter from Friends of Duncan Library Chair Feemster to the Washoe County Library Board (pdf.)

Back to top of Latest Duncan Library News

Duncan Library Archive

Save the date!
70th Annual Reno-Sparks NAACP Freedom Fund Awards Banquet

Pursuing Liberty in the Face of Injustice
Circus Circus-Reno Mandalay Ballroom, Saturday 24 Oct. 2015
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30, program at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday evening, October 24, 2015 * Circus Circus Mandalay Ballroom, Reno
Reserve your sponsorship, program ad and/or tickets now. Click here for complete information.

Barbano promotes Voting Rights Golden Anniversary on statewide television

Premieres 9:00 p.m. PDT on KNPB TV-5 and on local PBS stations
KNPB TV-5 re-runs: 2:00 a.m and 5:00 a.m. PDT Wednesday, Aug. 5
; 4:00 a.m. PDT Friday Aug. 7 & Sat. Aug. 8
Watch this website for additional re-runs. Webstreaming available at or

Don't believe what you may have seen about President Johnson in the discredited rewrite of history entitled Selma. Such historical revisionism makes it easier for the continued weakening of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the monumental legacy of two presidents.
Bill Moyers: Present at the creation

Duncan Library Archive


Reno has endured its share of race- and sexual-preference-based murders
By Steve Timko / Reno News & Review 8-20-201

Freedom rider Erma Arvilla Rupp Fritchen dies
Memorial service 10:00 a.m. Saturday, 25 July 2015, Sparks United Methodist Church, 1231 Pyramid Way
Reno Gazette-Journal 7-23-2015
Erma Fritchen: Rider on the Storm
Barbwire by Andrew Barbano / Daily Sparks Tribune 1-14-2007

On July 24, 1963, to avoid the embarrassment of a civil rights march against Las Vegas’ segregated casinos, the Sahara broke the solid phalanx among casinos and agreed to talks with the local NAACP branch headed by Marion Bennett; in 1971, John D. Loudermilk’s Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian) by The Raiders hit number one on the Billboard chart and went on to become the biggest selling single in the history of Columbia Records. [Courtesy of Poor Denny's Almanac]

On this date in in 1868, the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, providing for due process under the law, was ratified.
[Courtesy of Poor Denny's Almanac]
On this date in 1991, President Bush the Elder signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law.

Moving the needle and needling the weasels
Education funding hike non-existent / Confederate flags fly in Sparks, Nevada
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 7-21-2015 Sparks Tribune

15 July 2015
On this date in 1986,
César Chávez spoke to Nevada workers at the Musicians Union hall in Reno

Save the date!
70th Annual Reno-Sparks NAACP Freedom Fund Awards Banquet

Pursuing Liberty in the Face of Injustice
Circus Circus-Reno Mandalay Ballroom, Saturday 24 Oct. 2015
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30, program at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday evening, October 24, 2015 * Circus Circus Mandalay Ballroom, Reno
Reserve your sponsorship, program ad and/or tickets now. Click here for complete information.

More 2015 News and Events

Branch highlights of the 2015 Nevada Legislative Session

School, life, death, taxes and other high ironies
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 7-14-2015 Sparks Tribune

Applying Christian forgiveness to a fault
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 6-30-2015 Sparks Tribune

    "You can say there's no such thing as slavery, we're all citizens. But if we're all citizens, then we have a task to do to make sure that that, too, is not a joke. If some citizens live in houses and others live on the street, the Civil War is still going on. It's still to be fought and regrettably, it can still be lost."
— Dr. Barbara Fields featured on The Civil War miniseries, PBS 1990

• Cynthia Hurd, 54
• Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41
• Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton,  45
• Tywanza Sanders, 26
• Ethel Lance, 70
• Rev. Depayne Middleton-Doctor, 49
• Susie Jackson, 87
• Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr, 74
• Myra Thompson, 59

Chaney 21, Goodman 20, Schwerner 24, Liuzzo 39, Evers 37, King 39, Addie Mae Collins 14, Carol Denise McNair 11, Carole Robertson 14, Cynthia Wesley 14

Los Angeles, San Francisco, Ferguson, Cleveland, New York, Baltimore, Florida...

Who's next ___________________?

Justice for Trayvon Martin Demonstration / Reno, NV 20 July 2013
"When will they ever learn?" — Pete Seeger

Poor Denny's Almanac for June 22: Black woman rescues Klansman

On this date in 1883, former Nevada governor John Kinkead’s private secretary George Lyon bought into the Seattle Post and Intelligencer, paying $12,000 for half ownership; in 1911, the Nevada State Journal reported that the establishment of a Mormon colony on 17,000 acres of land in Humboldt County was likely; in 1932, responding to a letter of complaint from the Reno Chamber of Commerce, U.S. interior secretary Ray Wilbur wrote that Nevada was receiving much more than it was providing in the way of educational and other facilities for Boulder Dam project workers; in 1938, two years after Nazi leaders trumpeted Max Schmeling’s defeat of Joe Louis as a triumph of racial supremacy, Louis beat Schmeling in two minutes and four seconds in at a Yankee Stadium rematch, knocking Schmeling down four times in the only round until the referee stopped the fight (Schmeling was not the Aryan champion the Nazis suggested; on Kristallnacht he saved the lives of two Jewish brothers); in 1944, the G.I. Bill of Rights (AKA Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944) became law, a program of government handouts that sent millions to college, fueled a generation of economic prosperity, and turned the United States into a scientific/economic powerhouse; in 1956, Australian government officials insisted that a radioactive cloud from British atomic tests that was drifting over Australia posed no danger to the public; in 1961, Congress extended for the tenth time taxes imposed as a Korean war measure; in 1980, Mohawk-Algonquin Kateri Tekakwitha, known as the Lily of the Mohawks, was beatified by the Catholic Church; in 1996, during competing rallies in Ann Arbor, Mich., and after a liberal leader urged protesters to “look for people who may be identifying themselves with the other side and deal with them appropriately”, anti-Klan protestors began chasing Confederate flag-wearing Albert McKeel Jr., knocking him to the ground and kicking him, whereupon African-American woman Keisha Thomas threw herself over him to protect him from the angry liberals, producing memorable newspaper photos.

Poor Denny's Almanac for June 19: Medgar Evers laid to rest

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 325, the Nicene Creed redefining Jesus as “God from very God” was adopted, a turning point in Christian history (known in one book title as When Jesus Became God); in 1862, slavery was outlawed in U.S. territories, including the Territory of Nevada, and unlike the later Emancipation Proclamation, this congressional act actually had legal effect (see below); in 1918, there was hope that the German near-monopoly on potash (a form of potassium carbonate used in the manufacture of glass and soap and as a fertilizer) might be broken by the discovery of a potash field in Dixie Valley, Nevada; in 1936, Max Schmeling, heavyweight champion from 1930 to ’32, came back as a ten to one underdog to beat Joe Louis for the championship, a victory German Nazi officials portrayed as a triumph of racial supremacy; in 1962, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on President Kennedy’s nomination of Nevada Attorney General Roger Foley to be a federal district judge; in 1963, assassinated civil rights leader Medgar Evers was buried in Arlington National Cemetery; in 1967, Jack Edward Cossins of Henderson, Nevada, died in Gia Dinh Province, Vietnam (panel 22e/row 0100 of the Vietnam wall); in 1970, Mark Crouse of Yerington, Nevada, was wounded in action in Cambodia with a foot injury and shrapnel in the back and arm; in 1982 at Lake Tahoe, Steve Miller began a tour to promote his album Abracadabra; in 2002, U.S. Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama disclosed information he received as a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence to Fox Network reporter Carl Cameron, but although a grand jury was empaneled on the matter, the Bush administration chose not to prosecute.

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 Poor Denny's Almanac. Copyright © 2007-2015 Dennis Myers.]

Save the date!
70th Annual Reno-Sparks NAACP Freedom Fund Awards Banquet

Pursuing Liberty in the Face of Injustice
Circus Circus-Reno Mandalay Ballroom, Saturday 24 Oct. 2015
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30, program at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday evening, October 24, 2015 * Circus Circus Mandalay Ballroom, Reno
Reserve your sponsorship, program ad and/or tickets now. Click here for complete information.

We Don't Need No Education Part LVI—>
Al Capone takes stock of Nevada education
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 6-16-2015 Sparks Tribune

Poor Denny's Almanac for June 3: From Dens of Iniquity to Holy of Holies

Vatican press statement/June 3d 1963: "He suffers no more."

On this date in 1647, Puritans in the British Parliament outlawed Christmas; in 1825, the United States expropriated all Kansa tribal land (20 million acres/81000 km of land), putting the tribe on a reservation and giving their land to whites; in 1864, former California Governor John Bigler, after whom Lake Tahoe was once named, left Virginia City following a visit to use the hot springs at Steamboat south of Reno; in 1906 for the second day in a row, the Nevada State Journal reported on its contention that workers at the little mountain lumber town of Floriston were paying a dollar a month fee for health care and were being given grossly inadequate care by their employers; in 1937, the Las Vegas Typographical Union began an effort to convince businesses to get their printing done in the community and not send it out to Los Angeles or other cities; in 1944, at a London reception, General George Patton called out to General James Gavin, “I’ll see you in the Pas De Calais, Gavin”, which later decoded cables revealed caused the Nazis to assume that the invasion of Europe would come at Calais; in 1955, Barbara Graham, former Tonopah resident who was convicted of murder after the notorious “Bloody Babs” newspaper campaign against her but whose guilt was uncertain, was executed at San Quentin (in an Oscar-winning performance, Susan Hayward portrayed Graham in 1958’s I Want to Live); in 1963, one of the monumental figures of the 20th century, Pope John 23d, died in Rome after a life that included the rescue of Bulgarian Jews from the Nazis and the beginnings of reconciliation of the Catholic Church with Protestants and Jews (on his fiftieth birthday in 1931, he wrote in his diary that he was “humble and ashamed before the Lord” because he had “achieved very little in half a century of life”); in 1971, Jimmy Hoffa announced he would not run for reelection as president of the Teamsters Union in order to devote full time to his new job as an inmate at Lewisburg federal penitentiary; in 1991, the body of civil rights leader Medgar Evers was exhumed from Arlington National Cemetery and secretly taken to Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York for a second autopsy after the results of the first 1963 autopsy could not be located for use in the 1994 trial that convicted Byron De La Beckwith; in 2003, a special session of the Nevada Legislature, the first of two in June, began at Governor Kenny Guinn’s order less than a day after the regular 2003 legislative session ended. [Courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac. Copyright © 2007-2015 Dennis Myers.]

Stench of sulfur suffuses Nevada's year of the gun
The ghost of Trayvon Martin today hangs heavy over Sparks.
Would killer Wayne Burgarello have been acquitted if he was black?

Barbwire by Barbano / Uncensored full-length edition expanded from the 6-2-2015 Sparks Tribune

Escaped slave and Civil War 79th U.S. Colored Infantry Union Soldier Pvt. Scott Carnal honored at Dayton Cemetery 98 years after his death.

Dogs and ponies, DARE traps and tokenism
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-26-2015 Sparks Tribune

¡Viva Chávez!

César Chávez Celebration XIII / Celebración de César Chávez XIII
Tuesday 31 March 2015
/ Martes 31 de Marzo 2015
Circus Circus Reno

The Branch was well-represented at the annual event. Sen. Ruben Kihuen, D-Las Vegas, delivered the keynote address. UNR student-activist and Occupy Carson City leader Janette Dean circulated petitions in support of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (SJR 16), introduced by Kihuen, Sen. Patricia Spearman, D-N. Las Vegas, and six other Democrats.

United Auto Workers member and César Chávez Nevada Labor Hall-of-Famer George "Battling" Nelson circulated petitions supporting a posthumous presidential pardon for the great heavyweight champion Jack Johnson. Nelson read a letter of endorsement from former Washoe County D.A. and District Judge Mills Lane and his family. Retired world-class referee Lane has been inducted in the national boxing hall of fame.

Representing the Branch were four-time past presidents Lucille Adin and Lonnie Feemster, First Vice-President Andrew Barbano, Executive Committee members Donald Gallimore, Sr., Frank Perez & Larry Wilson and member Shannon Gallimore. As always, the Branch set up a display and table with membership, issue and community involvement information. SaveMart SHARES cards benefiting Branch fundraising were distributed at every place setting. SaveMart managers and workers attended and spoke. For more information covering the event, go to

César Chávez fought for the dignity of work
by Tony Mayorga

Guest Commentary / Reno Gazette-Journal / 3-31-2015

Harry Reid, Eddy Arnold, César Chávez and Gaga Madonna
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-31-2015 Sparks Tribune

Barbano decries GOP strategy to cripple labor, then gerrymander Nevada control thru at least 2022
By Cole Stangler / International Business Times 3-25-2015

Branch highlights of the 2015 Nevada Legislative Session

Site map

School superintendent's address to branch makes news

Newlands race views debated
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 2-26-2015

The South Rises Again. Does Ira Hansen know about this?
3 states make MLK holiday a co-celebration honoring Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Shaun King / Daily KOS 1-22-2015

Education Dysfunction Part LIII—>
Gov. Veto El Obtusè talks some trash
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 1-20-2015 Sparks Tribune

Hiding in Plain Sight —>
NAACP education expos
és go mainstream 2 years later
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 3-27-2014

We Don't Need No Education XXXVIII —>
The politics of media ga-ga boosterism

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 3-20-2014 Sparks Tribune

Criticism of manipulated Washoe and Clark County graduation statistics validated
BREAKING NEWS: State illegally uses tax money vs. teacher tax vote
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from
the 3-13-2014 Sparks Tribune

We Don't Need No Education — The neverending story

Progressive Leadership Alliance publishes biennial racial equity report card on state lawmakers
Las Vegas Sun 2-27-2014

Site map

Membership Meeting Agendas
Reno/Sparks Branch #1112
Phone: (775) 322-2992
P.O. Box 7757
Reno, NV 89510

Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month
Rita Cannan Elementary School / Multi-purpose Room
2450 Cannan Street * Reno, NV 89512
Executive Committee 6:30 p.m. / General Membership 7:00 p.m.

2015-16 Officers and Executive Committee

Complaint Form
The NAACP cannot act without a written complaint

Membership Forms, choose format: .jpg or .pdf

We Don't Need No Education: The Awful Truth

Reno-Sparks-Washoe Education 2012: Smoke & Mirrors

Saving Local Libraries 2015
Saving Local Libraries 2012

Voting Rights 2015
Voting Rights 2012

Trayvon Martin Murder Archive

How to join / Annual membership / Donate

Links / History / Archives

Mission and Objectives

Meeting place and times

2015 Nevada Legislature

2016 News & Events Archive
2015 News & Events Archive
2014 News & Events Archive

Annual César Chávez Day Celebration

Reno-Sparks Branch Past-Presidents Honor Roll

Reno-Sparks NAACP Facebook Page
INSTAGRAM: renosparks_naacp

Join Us in Fighting the Good Fight

Purchase Freedom Fund Banquet tickets or sponsorships, donate to the branch or pay your membership dues via the secure EBay/PayPal system

Annual Dues: $30 for individuals
Please make checks payable to
NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch
No. 1112
P.O. Box 7757
Reno, NV 89510

Membership Forms, choose format: .jpg or .pdf

Please click here or call 775-322-2992 for additional membership and sponsorship information.
Youth membership and corporate sponsorships are also available.

Save the date!
70th Annual Reno-Sparks NAACP Freedom Fund Awards Banquet

Pursuing Liberty in the Face of Injustice
Circus Circus-Reno Mandalay Ballroom, Saturday 24 Oct. 2015
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30, program at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday evening, October 24, 2015 * Circus Circus Mandalay Ballroom, Reno
Reserve your sponsorship, program ad and/or tickets now. Click here for complete information.

Dear Members and Friends: At left is a Save-Mart SHARES card. If you don't have one, please contact us to get one that's been coded especially for the Branch. You must obtain them from us, not at Save-Mart. It is a very important fundraising tool. Please use it at checkout whenever you patronize Save-Mart. Up to 3 percent of your purchase will be sent to the Branch. There is no cost to you. If you need additional cards for family and friends, just let us know.

Please spread the word. Thank you.

Site map

NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112

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


2015-16 Officers

Patricia Gallimore, President
Andrew Barbano, First Vice-President/Webmaster
Donald Gallimore, Sr., Second Vice-President
Kelli Gallimore, Secretary
Gale Sanders, Treasurer

Executive Committee
Lucille Adin, Lonnie Feemster, Donald Gallimore, Sr.; Kelli Gallimore, Jane Moon, Elder William Moon, Rev. William C. Webb, Larry Wilson (+ two vacancies)

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

Please click here or call for additional membership and sponsorship information.
Youth membership and corporate sponsorships
are also available.
You may remit your dues of donate online through E-Bay's secure PayPal service

E-mail the Branch

Monthly meetings
Second Thursday of each month

Executive Committee 6:30 p.m.
General Membership 7:00 p.m.

Meeting agendas
Site map

Useful Links

Other Nevada Branches "Contributions, heritage and culture of people who have not been well-represented in northern Nevada’s public image." Student-produced series supervised by former Reno-Sparks Branch President Kenneth Dalton, which led to the following article—>

African-Americans who have shaped Nevada
Several Reno-Sparks Branch members past & present profiled
Matthew B. Brown / Nevada Magazine Jan-Feb 2014

Nevada Humanities Civil Rights Gallery

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

Alice Lucretia Smith, 1902-1990

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

History of Civil Rights in Nevada
University of Nevada Oral History Program

Includes links to the story of the fabled Las Vegas Moulin Rouge and the legacies of civil rights giants Lubertha Johnson, Gov. Grant Sawyer, Ralph Denton and Clarence Ray

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

Reno-Sparks Branch Past-Presidents Honor Roll

Site map

Back to Home Page

Reno-Sparks NAACP 2014 Archive

Reno-Sparks NAACP 2013 Archive

Reno-Sparks NAACP 2012 Archive

Reno-Sparks NAACP 2011 Archive

Reno-Sparks NAACP 2010 Archive

Reno-Sparks NAACP 2009 Archive

Reno-Sparks NAACP 2008 Archive

Reno-Sparks NAACP 2007 Archive

Site map

Copyright © 2007-2016
NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112

Site designed and maintained by Deciding Factors
Andrew Barbano, Webmaster