NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112

Founded 1944

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Reno-Sparks NAACP executive committee and general membership meetings
Second Thursday of each month
Northern Nevada Hopes
Third Floor Community Room
580 W. 5th Street @ Ralston * Reno, NV 89503
Executive Committee 6:30 p.m.
General Membership 7:00 p.m.
Next meeting: January 10, 2019


Hall of Fame Nevada Assemblymember Bob Price Dies

Hot off the press: "The Westside Slugger"
The life and times biography of Joseph M. Neal, Jr.

Nevada's first African-American senator

By Nevada Press Association Hall of Famer John L. Smith
Published January 7, 2019 by the University of Nevada Press

Hope you & yours enjoyed Happy High Holly Days

Hope you and yours enjoyed enthralling Thanksgibleting.
HAPPY NEW YEAR / Feliz Año Nuevo
/ Felice Anno Nuovo
Frohe Weihnachten und beste Wuensche fuer 2019

More stupid signs of our republic's decline
Barbwire by Andrea Luigi Barbáno / Expanded from the 1-2-2019 Sparks Tribune

Crystal Balls: Peerless Predixions 2019 & Beyond
Barbwire by Andrea Luigi Barbáno/ Expanded from the 12-26-2018 Sparks Tribune

So this is Christmas: May we get what we deserve
Barbwire by Andrea Luigi Barbáno / Expanded from the 12-19-2018 Sparks Tribune

Rosanell Eaton, fierce voting rights advocate, dies at 97
Witness to History Fought for the Right to Vote in The South Until the Day She Died
By Robert D. McFadden / The New York Times / Front Page / 12-10-2018

A Christmas fantasy for freedom-loving racists
Barbwire by Andrea Luigi Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 12-5-2018 Sparks Tribune

Impending events


NOTE: Parking is NOT FREE. The parking structure has pay stations on each level. Attendees will need to purchase 2-hour parking at a pay station and leave that ticket on the dashboard before entering the library across the plaza. You may call Ms. Baysinger with other questions. (209) 280-5238
Mackenzie Baysinger

Lonnie L. Feemster, Nevada State Director
NAACP National Voter Fund
(775) 722-0042

NAACP and African American Clergy Council coordinate get-out-the-vote effort
More drivers and phone callers needed

RENO, NV (11-5-2018) — Northern Nevada African-American organizations are recruiting extra help for election day.

"Voters of color represent over 39 percent of Nevada voters this year and it is critical for us to make sure our friends and family members cast their ballots," stated Lonnie Feemster, Nevada State Director of the NAACP National Voter Fund.

The Reno-Sparks NAACP, the African American Clergy Council of Northern Nevada and the voter fund have pooled resources to facilitate election day participation by Northern Nevada communities of color.

Volunteers from member churches will contact registered voters by phone and coordinate transportation to the polls. They will ensure that voters arrive at their local polling precincts carrying personal identification with an updated address.

"Big votes beat big money so it's all hands on deck. We need all the volunteers we can get," Feemster said.

Anyone who would like to become involved may contact Feemster at (775) 722-0042 or e-mail <>.


Required Reading
The Lady in the Red Dress
The award-winning Barbwire classic Nevada Day column written in 1983
The compleat history of the Silver State in 500 words



[EDITOR'S NOTE: The following story, including the photo, was carried by KOLO TV-8 (ABC) on Oct. 30 and Oct. 31.]

Patricia Gallimore, President
NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112
(775) 846-2952

Andrew Barbano, First Vice-President
(775) 882-TALK [882-8255]

Reno-Sparks NAACP decries increasing hatred
New examples of racial and ethnic bigotry disclosed, vigil attendance advocated

RENO, NV (10-30-2018) — The Reno-Sparks NAACP encourages all Nevadans to show up at various anti-hate demonstrations around Nevada in the wake of burgeoning instances of hatred in Northern Nevada and across the nation.

"Racists and racism remain reality in 21st Century Nevada," stated Reno-Sparks NAACP President Patricia Gallimore.

The past several weeks have seen campaign signs defaced, hate flyers at Reno's Temple Emanu-El and anonymous Internet trolls smearing longtime NAACP members as neo-Nazis.

"I was disgusted and appalled to see the shameful defaced image of Verita Black Prothro's campaign sign and further appalled to learn of more," Gallimore stated.

"The first campaign sign had Ms. Prothro's face as well as her name blacked out. Another sign was found defaced on Double R Blvd. in south Reno last Saturday," Gallimore stated.

"On top of all this came the mail bombs, the murders of two black people at a Kentucky grocery store and then the Pittsburgh massacre. We encourage the community to show up at anti-hate vigils arou
nd Nevada," added NAACP First Vice-President Andrew Barbano.

"Africa was and remains the cradle of civilization, so we are all Africans or Black or Jewish or Latino," Gallimore said.

"Racism and bigotry thrive on creating false divisions between human beings. Let’s be very clear that such attitudes and behaviors will not be tolerated in Nevada," she added.

Gallimore encouraged citizens to attend vigils for the dead in Pittsburgh throughout Nevada. Temple Emanu-El at Lakeside and Manzanita in southwest Reno starts at 5:30 p.m. today. The North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation's event begins at 6:15 p.m. today at 7000 Latone Ave. in Tahoe Vista. 

In Las Vegas, a community vigil is scheduled for 6:30 pm on Thursday, Nov. 1 at Temple Beth Sholom, 10700 Havenwood Lane, 89135.

The Reno-Sparks NAACP was founded in 1945.

In memoriam

>At 1:18 PM -0400 10/29/18, Congregation P'nai Tikvah wrote:
We honor the 11 who lost their lives including husband and wife Bernice and Sylvan Simon (84 and 86 years-old); two brothers, Cecil and David Rosenthal (59 and 54 years-old); Rose Mallinger, 97; Joyce Fienberg, 75; Richard Gottfried, 65; Jerry Rabinowitz, 66; Daniel Stein, 71; Melvin Wax, 88 and Irving Younger, 69.


Pretty pictures in pink and other colors
Reno Gazette-Journal / Sunday 10-7-2018
Reno Gazette-Journal ace photographer (and an old friend) Tom Smedes was assigned to the Reno-Sparks NAACP 73rd Annual Freedom Fund Awards Banquet and immortalized the event, including Aretha's pink Cadillac. I told the editor a week ago that if he didn't include the Cadillac, we'd have picket lines in front of the paper the next morning. Fortunately, all's well that ends well. If you can identify people in the photos (I could only come up with about half ), please name names. Thanks to everyone who made FF73 a big success: Money, memberships and meaningful messages in words, music and song. (No, I don't know how we top the pink Cadillac and Margret's Funk Band Aretha tribute. All suggestions welcome.) Thank you and wait till next year! — Andrew Barbano, First Vice-President & Event Chair

Reno Sparks NAACP looking for a pink Cadillac to honor Aretha

KTVN TV-2 / 9-27-2018

Guess what? The infamous fake news media actually work on occasion. A KTVN TV-2 viewer saw the story, called somebody and we got a date with a beautiful doll. It's uncool to tell a lady's age, but her birth certificate says she was born in Motown in 1965. (No, Motown is nowhere near Kenya.) We will do Aretha proud.

So make a reservation to ride the freeway one more time.

Special thanks to Marty Maher, owner of ABC Lock & Glass in Sparks, Nev., for allowing us the pleasure of the pink lady's company.

Wait — there's more. Country music superstar (and proud Nevadan) Lacy J. Dalton will grace us with her presence.

9:14 p.m. PDT 9-26-2018 / 04:14 GMT 9-27-2018 — MY WILDEST DREAM: Tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. PDT, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford walks into the U.S. Senate crucifixion star chamber flanked by her new legal team — lawyers Anita Hill and Barack Obama. (Can we also get Gerry Spence out of retirement?) Alas, love's labours lost.

Freedom Fund Banquet 2018 — Legends of the Fall

Top Row (left to right): Medgar Evers, Elder William Moon*, Rosa Parks on the bus
Middle Row: Bertha Woodard* and Eddie Scott* in 1961, Julian Bond, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King., Jr., Darryl K. Feemster
Front Row: Rev. Onie Cooper*, Dolores Monica Mendocino Feemster*, Eddie Scott* 2015, Helen Tyler (White) Stewart

* Indicates former Reno-Sparks Branch presidents

[Montage design by Evelyn Crumbaker]

Blacks honor whites with a dash of electric pink
In search of a pink Cadillac to honor Aretha
Barbwire by Andrea Luigi Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 9-26-2018 Sparks Tribune

The more things change, the more they remain the same
Half a century apart and but still together: Mothers and daughters will be honored at Sept. 29 Freedom Fund Banquet
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 9-19-2018 Sparks Tribune


The organization needs a pink Cadillac of any vintage to pay proper respect to the memory of Aretha Franklin. If one can be located, it will be displayed at the entry to the event. Hot August Nights progenitor Jim Webster has agreed to assist in the car search. Margret's Funk Band will perform a spirited tribute to the queen of soul.


Patricia Gallimore, President, NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112 (775-322-2992)
Andrew Barbano, First VP & Event Chair (775) 882-TALK

RENO, NV — One young mother took a risk to become the first white member of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. More than five decades later, two African-American teens risked their lives by speaking out for civil rights.

On Saturday, Sept. 29, the Reno-Sparks NAACP celebrates those connections in word and song at its 73rd Annual Freedom Fund Banquet.

The event takes place in the Grand Ballroom/Reno Ballroom of Grand Sierra-Reno. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30.

Advance reservations are $75 for NAACP members. Non-members are $105 which includes a one-year membership. Event-day walk-ins are $10 extra at the door. Youth (12 and under), students (with i.d.) and seniors are $50.00 in advance, $55.00 at the door. Vegetarian or special needs entrées are available by advance request.

Checks may be sent payable to Reno-Sparks NAACP, P.O. Box 7757, Reno, NV 89510. Reservations may also be made via

Table sponsorships and souvenir program ad rates may also be accessed via the website.

Major sponsors include Wells Fargo Bank and The Chantal Coalition, a newly-forming non-profit dedicated to educating young people, their parents and teachers about the warning signs of eating disorders.

The inaugural Dolores Feemster Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented posthumously to Helen Tyler White Stewart (1921-2013) a Nevada civil rights pioneer. With her husband, John White, Sr., they became the first non-African-American members of the Reno-Sparks NAACP back in the apartheid days of Mississippi West Nevada.

The Whites helped the Reno-Sparks NAACP expose overt housing discrimination by being shown houses which a previously inquiring black couple had been told were not on the market. Many older Reno homes still bear unenforceable restrictions on their title deeds noting that the property may never be sold to negroes.

With a who's-whom of local legends, Helen Stewart worked for passage and attended Gov. Grant Sawyer's signing of the Nevada Civil Rights Act of 1965. (Photo at

Helen Stewart took a young Dolores Feemster (1929-2018) under her wing and suggested she join the Branch. They became best friends forever. Dolores Monica Mendocino Feemster, the daughter of an Italian-American father and African-American mother, went on to become the matriarch of the NAACP and an icon of Nevada community activism. She eventually became president of the Branch. One of her sons, Lonnie L. Feemster, Jr., later served four non-consecutive terms as president.

Helen Stewart's family will accept the award on her behalf. They will share the stage with Dolores and Helen's direct descendants, two teenage girls from Yerington High School and their family.

Taylissa Marriott and Jayla Tolliver, their mother Nancy Marriott and father Charles Tolliver (Ironworkers Local 118/AFL-CIO), will receive the Eddie Scott/Bertha Woodard Human Rights Advocacy Award. That honor is named for two legendary Reno-Sparks NAACP presidents who were also present at the signing of the 1965 Nevada Civil Rights Act.

Taylissa and Jayla and their family were subjected to wholesale discrimination and death threats (smoking gun photos at An attempt was made on their lives for the crime of being black in the Nevada outback.

They recently won a major federal civil rights case against the Yerington Police Dept. and the Lyon County School District and have vowed to graduate from that school. Lonnie Feemster recruited civil rights attorneys Terri Keyser-Cooper and Kerry Doyle to represent the family. Yerington remains a throwback to 1955 but has an opportunity to evolve into the 21st Century. Hope springs eternal.

Attorney General Adam Laxalt has not responded to a complaint filed by Lonnie Feemster against the Yerington Police Dept. for illegally shredding police reports regarding the family's complaints of threats and intimidation. Hope springs eternal.

The event was featured in the Sept. 23 edition of the longrunning "Old Tales of Nevada" television program. (CW Network/Northern Nevada 7:00 a.m. Sunday Sept. 23, 2018. Spectrum Channel 12 or 695 HD, Direct TV channel 9, over the air on KOLO Channel 8.3. Streaming at

KOLO TV-8 news anchor Tabnie Dozier will serve as emcee. An ensemble choir from area Churches of God in Christ will perform "Oh, Happy Day," a favorite of Helen Stewart. The gospel arrangement of the 18th Century hymn reached number four on the singles chart for the Edwin Hawkins Singers in 1969.

Margret's Funk Band will perform a rousing tribute to Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin.

All pink Cadillacs will receive preferred parking. (Anyone who'd like to bring one to the event, contact us. NOW.)

The work goes on. The dream will never die.

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ON SEPT. 15, 1963, the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, was bombed by Ku Klux Klan members, killing four girls attending a Sunday service at which the sermon was titled "The love that forgives"; ON SEPT. 15, 1979, using a hot air balloon that took months to devise, two east German families escaped over the Berlin wall; ON SEPT. 15, 2007, Sally Field received an Emmy for her portrayal of family matriarch "Nora Walker" in the television series Brothers and Sisters and the Fox Network censored part of her acceptance speech: "But at the heart of Nora Walker, she is a mother. So surely this belongs to all the mothers of the world. May they be seen. May their work be valued and raised, and especially the mothers who stand with an open heart and wait-wait for their children to come home from danger, from harm's way, and from war. ... And let's face it, if mothers ruled the world, there would be no goddam wars in the first place."


Osama bin Laden's strategic logic was to embroil the United States in a never-ending conflict to ultimately bankrupt the country.

"All that we have to do is send two mujahadeen to the furthest point east to raise a piece of cloth on which is written 'Al Qaeda,' " he said in 2004, "in order to make generals race there to cause America to suffer human, economic and political losses without their achieving for it anything of note."

Why are we continuing to do what Bin Laden wanted all along? I refuse to take Bin Laden's orders. I will not stay quiet. End the war.

— Joe Quinn, veteran of two tours in Afghanistan who lost a brother in the World Trade Center. His son is now deployed in the never-ending war. (New York Times op-ed, 9-11-2018)




"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana


DETROIT (8-16-2018) — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed Queen of Soul who stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer. Several years ago, Rolling Stone named her the greatest rock singer of all time, ahead of Ray Charles and Elvis Presley. Music rises as tears fall around the world. May she continue to make a joyful noise unto the Lord into eternity.

ALMANAC: On August 16, 1977, Elvis died. On August 16, 2018, Aretha died.
On August 15, 1958, a groundbreaking interracial marriage: Maria Elena Santiago and singer Buddy Holly were married in Lubbock, Texas. (
Dennis Myers)
On August 14, 2014, the Reno-Sparks Branch marched to the federal building in downtown Reno protesting the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
On August 14, 2018, the Ferguson Fire flames ironically in California's Yosemite National Park, fouling the air in Nevada. As Michael Brown's death still does the nation.
Hope for the world: Missouri voters last week voted down a union-busting law. (AB)

Yerington racism case settled

Dolores Feemster 1929-2018

2018 events and news bulletins

Historical Black Colleges & Universities Tour 2018

Back to the Future
TV show and Freedom Fund Awards Dinner follow Fight of the Century commemoration

The more things change, the more they remain the same
Half a century apart but still together: Mothers and daughters will be honored at Sept. 29 Freedom Fund Banquet
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 9-19-2018 Sparks Tribune

The plaque is base metal composite and contains no brass, bronze or copper. Plaque text written by Andrew Barbano
The plaque was manufactured by Mathews Bronze courtesy of Sierra Memorial and RPI Printing and Mailing.


The Fight of the Century, 108 years hence and always with us as one of history's seminal civil rights events

The Johnson training camp monument on Mayberry Drive.

The Fight of the Century took place in Reno on July 4, 1910. "Great White Hope" and undefeated former champion James Jeffries was soundly thrashed by Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion. It was arguably the catalyst of the modern civil rights movement. The NAACP had been founded the previous year. The bout took place in a wooden stadium built for the occasion at E. 4th and Toano, today the site of a state historical marker. Johnson trained at a resort on Mayberry Drive. Tim Elam, the current property owner, built a monument at the corner of Mayberry at Sherwood. (See right. —>)

After a nationwide search and more than two years of work, on Friday, August 17, 2018, at Moana Springs, the final link of the Fight of the Century triangle was completed in honor of boxing historian George "Battling" Nelson. His daughter, Zabette Nelson Buzzone, gave a moving testament to her father. It will be featured on the upcoming "Old Tales of Nevada" TV special. (See below.)

City Councilmembers Paul McKenzie and Naomi Duerr represented the City of Reno. Former President Rudy Viola spoke on behalf of United Auto Workers Local 2162/AFL-CIO. President Patricia Gallimore represented the Reno-Sparks NAACP as Vice-President Andrew Barbano emceed. Past-President RIchard Jay spoke on behalf of the Great Basin Youth Soccer League. Former Nevada State Treasurer Patty Cafferata attended as did retired Washoe County Sheriff's Captain Heidi Howe.

Jeffries' training site on West Moana and Baker Lanes in southwest Reno is now the location of Richard Jay Field. The 4;30 p.m. dedication preceded the first University of Nevada-Reno women's soccer game of the season at 5:30. Admission was free with donation of a can of food for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.

Before Sept. 29: Video of the dedication and other material is featured on the September 23 edition of the long-running "Old Tales of Nevada" television program complete with historical Fight of the Century footage. The program discusses books about the fight by local authors, including "Johnson-Jeffries—Dateline Reno" by former Reno Gazette-Journal reporters Ray Hagar and Guy Clifton. Reno-Sparks NAACP First Vice-President Andrew Barbano joins hosts Hugh Roy Marshall and John O'Brien. Clifton appears in a boxing segment.

WHERE TO WATCH: CW Network/Northern Nevada 7:00 a.m. Sunday Sept. 23, 2018 —> Spectrum Channel 12 or 695 HD, Direct TV Channel 9,
over the air on KOLO Channel 8.3. Streaming here anytime.

SATURDAY, Sept. 29: Reno-Sparks NAACP 73rd Annual Freedom Fund Awards Dinner at the Grand Sierra-Reno Tahoe Ballroom.

Reno-Sparks NAACP 74th Annual Freedom Fund Awards Banquet
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Grand Sierra Resort-Reno
Doors open at 5:30, Dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Platinum $8,500 — Three reserved tables for 10, centerfold double-truck ad in event souvenir program, banners at event, recognition from the podium, inclusion in press releases, other media and at; display and promotional material distribution as needed.
Gold $5,000 — Two reserved tables for 10, inside cover full-page ad in event souvenir program, recognition from the podium, banner at event, inclusion in various media as time and space allow, display and promotional material distribution as needed
Silver $2,500 — Reserved table for 10, full-page interior ad in event souvenir program, display and promotional material distribution as needed, inclusion in various media as time and space allow, recognition from the podium
Bronze $1,450 — Reserved table for 10 and half-page program ad
Reserved table for 10 — $1,000.00


Back cover $2,500.00
Front page interior (page 1) $850.00
Inside front cover $775.00
Back page interior $725.00
Inside back cover $675.00
Full-page interior $625.00
Half-page interior $475.00
Quarter-page interior $375.00
Business card (eighth-page) $275.00
2019 AD SIZES (DEADLINE: right now, please!)

Full page: 8 inches wide X 10.5 inches high

Half: 8 inches X 5 & 1/8 inches

Quarter: 3 & 7/8 inches X 5 & 1/8 inches

Eighth: 3 & 7/8 inches X 2 & 3/8 inches

Non-members $105.00 per person in advance, $115.00 at the door (includes one-year regular membership)
Reno-Sparks NAACP Members $75.00 per person in advance, $85.00 at the door.
Youth, student (with i.d.) and seniors $50.00 in advance, $55.00 at the door.

Vegetarian or special needs entrées available by advance request.

Please make checks payable to Reno-Sparks NAACP, P.O. Box 7757, Reno, NV 89510. You may do so online via our secure PayPal portal.

To reserve your participation, please contact
Lonnie Feemster (775) 722-0042 <>
Andrew Barbano
(775) 747-0544 <>
CJ Miller (775) 721-1671 <>
Patricia or Don Gallimore Sr. (775) 322-2992 <>

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The more things change, the more they remain the same
Half a century apart and but still together: Mothers and daughters will be honored at Sept. 29 Freedom Fund Banquet
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno
/ Expanded from the 9-19-2018 Sparks Tribune

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, historical items appear courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac [PDA]. Items highlighted in blue are of interest to civil rights and worker rights in particular and to seekers of justice in general. Red means war. Occasionally but not surprisingly, magenta will mean both.
Copyright © 2007-2018 Dennis Myers.]

March 31: A birthday for giants — Jack Johnson and César Chávez

March 31 — On this date in 1870, Thomas Peterson Mundy of Perth Amboy became the first African American to vote under the 15th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which had been ratified the previous day (he also served as a school principal and was later elected to the Middlesex County Commission); in 1878, boxer (and future world heavyweight champion) Jack Johnson was born in Galveston; in 1911, after three years of prosecutions by the (Theodore) Roosevelt and Taft administrations of newspapers that reported on tawdry government conduct in the construction of the Panama Canal, the cases—which were thrown out by the courts—formally came to an end when a U.S. attorney in New York requested permission to enter a filing called a nolle prosse dropping all criminal libel charges; in 1927, César Chávez was born near Yuma, Arizona; in 1949, attorney Madison Graves filed charges against Las Vegas police officers after a teenager was beaten in the city jail and then given no medical attention to head injuries for four hours; in 1961, what was reported to be Reno’s first sit-in was staged by African Americans at the Overland Hotel’s café while elsewhere in the downtown a picket line was thrown up at the Nevada Bank of Commerce; in 2008 (and 2018), César Chávez Day will be celebrated with a large gathering at the Circus Circus Hotel in Reno. [Courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac, Copyright © 2007-2018 Dennis Myers.]

ACROSS-THE-BOARD VICTORY: Yerington racism case settled

How to befriend a racist: Because thatís one way to change someoneís mind
By Wade Gainer / Reno News & Review 2-15-2018


Taylissa Marriott, left, and Jayla Tolliver at Yerington High School, Lyon County, Nevada
MLK SUNDAY IN CHURCH JANUARY 14, 2018 — (Left to right) Jayla Tolliver, Taylissa Marriott, their mother, Nancy, and Uncle Reggie Brantley (Sparks Ironworkers Local 118/AFL-CIO, ret.), attorney Terri Keyser-Cooper and four-time former Reno-Sparks NAACP President Lonnie L. Feemster.

Look for SRO this Sunday, January 14, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in south Reno, 780 Del Monte Lane, 89511. The annual interfaith service starts at 3:00 p.m. and no matter who's on the program, the stars will be Jayla Tolliver and Taylissa Marriott. The sisters, both 14, have become national figures with a little help from the Reno-Sparks NAACP, the Barbwire (beginning Oct. 18) and the Reno Gazette-Journal (beginning Nov. 19).

The African-American youngsters have been living a modern version of the 1955 deep south right here in the fabled Mississippi West.

The Yerington High School students have been subjected to bullying, overt racism and continuing death threats all for the crime of being born with skin the color of café au lait. (That means coffee with milk.)

Despite complaints by the NAACP to Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, Yerington's top cop has not been held accountable for illegally shredding police reports. Chief Bull Connor's defense is that hate speech is a First Amendment right kinda like hollering "fire!" in a crowded theater or threatening to kill somebody, which is the legal definition of assault. Which is how the girls continue to be threatened. [UPDATE: The two girls were almost run down by a truck in a Yerington restaurant parking lot.]

At, you will find original Snapchat photos of a teenager with guns and a knife...The father of the Snapchat boy is a former Yerington police officer and now a local athletic coach. Yerington High suspended the kid who posted the photo. That student's father is an active Lyon County Deputy Sheriff. The girls' dad has been threatened with trespassing charges if he shows up at the Yerington HS campus.

Lyon County parents have recently been defending their ill-educated offspring. It gets worse.

"Yerington Mayor George Dini dismissed them as the act of teenagers who meant no harm and were ignorantly unaware of what they were doing," reported on Nov. 18.

“This is a case of some kids acting badly," Dini told Reno Gazette-Journal reporter Siobhan McAndrew.

Regrettably, that statement has yet to see ink in the Reno paper.

WONDER WOMEN — Jayla, Taylissa and mother Nancy rise to a standing ovation in church on MLK Sunday.

World class civil rights attorney Terri Keyser-Cooper filed federal civil rights litigation last Thursday (no hometown judges and juries allowed).

She also asked the court for a preliminary injunction to protect the family which remains terrorized.

The court filings will be linked to this column at, regrettably compelling reading.

MORE MLK. The 20th Onie Cooper Memorial MLK Highway Caravan forms Monday, Jan. 15, at 9:30 a.m. at the LDS church, 2955 Rock Blvd. at McCarran, Sparks.

On Monday evening, most PBS stations will air the Oscar-nominated "I Am Not Your Negro," a film which "envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a revolutionary and personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends." Legendary author Baldwin (1924-1987) wrote "The Fire Next Time" and "Nobody Knows My Name." KNPB TV-5 in northern Nevada will air the program at 9:00 p.m. PST on Monday, Sept. 15, with reruns as follows: Tuesday 1/16 2:00 a.m. Wednesday 1/17 4:00 a.m. Friday 1/19 12 midnight. Sunday 1/21 12 midnight and 3:00 a.m. (All times Pacific Standard.)

Check local listings and go tell it on the mountain.

Excerpts from Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Sparks Tribune and affiliated publications 1-10-2018, 1-17-2018 et seq.

Yerington Racism Archives


9:14 p.m. PDT 9-26-2018 / 04:14 GMT 9-27-2018 — MY WILDEST DREAM: Tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. PDT, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford walks into the U.S. Senate crucifixion star chamber flanked by her new legal team — lawyers Anita Hill and Barack Obama. (Can we also get Gerry Spence out of retirement?) Alas, love's labours lost.

    "America fought the Civil War to end forced, unpaid labor and this country still suffers from the bitter after-effects." —
Mike Pilcher, President, Northern Nevada Central Labor Council/AFL-CIO

    "We discovered fossil fuels which allowed us to replace slavery with fossil fuels. That's what China and India and other countries want to do now. But if they do it the way we did, we're all going down together." — Environmentalist Bill McKibben, former head of NASA's Goddard Institute of Space Studies, Rolling Stone Magazine, 12 Jan. 2017


    "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 Ken Burns' The Civil War miniseries, PBS 1990


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

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580 W. 5th Street @ Ralston * Reno, NV 89503

2017-18 Officers and Executive Committee

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We Don't Need No Education: The Awful Truth

Reno-Sparks-Washoe Education 2012: Smoke & Mirrors

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NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112
P.O. Box 7757
Reno, NV 89510
Phone (775) 322-2992


2017-18 Officers

Patricia Gallimore, President
Andrew Barbano, First Vice-President/Webmaster
Donald Gallimore, Sr., Second Vice-President
Cheri Vocelka, Secretary
Stephanie McCurry, Treasurer
Donald Gallimore, Jr., Asst. Treasurer

Executive Committee
Lucille Adin, Twice Past-President
Lonnie Feemster, Four-time Past-President and
Nevada State Director, NAACP National Voter Fund
Kelli Gallimore, Esq.
Adrian Lowry
Ms. CJ Miller
Jane Moon
Bertha Mullins
Christin Smith
Nnedi Stephens
Rev. William C. Webb
Ambassador Victor Wowo, Sr.

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Monthly meetings
Second Thursday of each month
Northern Nevada Hopes
Third Floor Community Room
580 W. 5th Street * Reno, NV 89503
Executive Committee 6:30 p.m.
General Membership 7:00 p.m.

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Useful Links

Other Nevada Branches "Contributions, heritage and culture of people who have not been well-represented in northern Nevadaís 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

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