2018 News & Events Archive
Reno/Sparks Branch #1112
Phone: (775) 322-2992
P.O. Box 7757
Reno, NV 89510
Email: info@renosparksnaacp.org

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 * Reno, NV 89503
Executive Committee 6:30 p.m.
General Membership 7:00 p.m.

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Take me out to the ballgame

Thursday, March 15: Hoop, food and loot on the Ides of March. The NAACP Youth Council hosts a meet-and-greet with players from the Reno Bighorns NBA Developmental League pro basketball team. Autographed swag for kids. Where and when: Godfathers Pizza, 645 Booth Street near Reno High School, 5:30-7:00 p.m. For information, contact Youth Council Chair Christin Smith (775) 544-2288 or Branch President Patricia Gallimore (775) 322-2992.

Saturday, March 17: St. Patrick's Day at the ballgame. Reno-Sparks NAACP Charity Night with the Bighorns. Tickets $10 via pre-sale thru the Branch. Proceeds benefit the Branch scholarship fund for local youth. For information, contact Youth Council Chair Christin Smith (775) 544-2288 or Branch President Patricia Gallimore (775) 322-2992.

Special Events Archive

Friday, March 9: Washoe County Commissioner Kitty Jung will join community leaders honoring NAACP matriarch and former President Dolores Feemster and Pastor Glenn E. Taylor, Sr., at a fundraising dinner benefiting the local ACCEPT organization. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the former Airport Plaza Hotel (now SureStayPlus) on Terminal Way. Tickets are $50 and available by calling Gwen Taylor at (775) 233-1581. Proceeds will go toward prevention and education services for northern Nevada young people and families living in poverty. Programs include youth, parenting and financial literacy education, support services for individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and more. Bell-bottom Bulletin: 1970's attire is optional in honor of Rev. Taylor's 70th birthday.

Tell Them We Are Rising, the 170-year history of historically black colleges and universities, 9:00-10:30 p.m. on KNPB TV-5 Reno.
>At 10:30 p.m., TV-5 will telecast The Education of Harvey Gantt who integrated South Carolina's Clemson University in 1963 and became the first African-American mayor of Charlotte, NC. Gantt twice ran against racist U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms, R-NC, who used his legendary race-baiting and bigotry tactics to win re-election. Gantt generated substantial support in Nevada in the 1990 race.
>Some PBS stations will instead air
All the Difference at 10:30 p.m.
It traces the paths of two teens from the southside of Chicago who dream of graduating from college.
>Please check local listings.

Reno-Sparks NAACP (775) 322-2992
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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.

At Nevadalabor.com, 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," rgj.com 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 NevadaLabor.com, 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

Darryl K. Feemster, Sr., 1962-2017


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