NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112

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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 * Reno, NV 89503
Executive Committee 6:30 p.m.
General Membership 7:00 p.m.
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Next meeting: March 8, 2018


THE BEST NEWS — Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018: Reno-Sparks NAACP matriarch and former branch president Dolores Feemster continues making a miraculous recovery. She has returned home from both hospital and recovery care. She was delighted to receive a stack of valentines last week. On Sunday, she said she is feeling much better and now, so can we. Please continue sending cards and flowers. And lots of love. Thanks for your prayers and well wishes. Life is good.


"They gave us the shortest month of the year" — Chris Rock

February 18: On this date in 1546, Martin Luther died; in 1861, under pressure from federal officials, Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal leaders agreed to surrender much of Colorado that was guaranteed to them by an 1851 treaty, only to face the fierce opposition of their tribes to the land cession;in 1930, Clyde Tombaugh, a 24-year-old high school graduate, discovered the planet Pluto; in 1942, the Mills Brothers’ “Paper Doll” was released by Decca; in 1960, the U.S. Post Office began sale of a new winter olympics stamp on opening day of the Squaw Valley games.

February 17: On this date in 1864 President Lincoln fired Edward Beale, surveyor general of California and Nevada, because of mishandling of Native American funds; in 1909, two weeks after alleged adults in the Nevada Legislature enacted anti-Japanese legislation in defiance of President (Theodore) Roosevelt’s expressed wishes, a group of boys in Reno with a slingshot tormented a Japanese man named Hashamura (an article on the incident in the Goldfield Chronicle ran just beneath an article on plans for juvenile courts in Nevada); in 1919, African American veterans, not permitted to march in the main New York parade for veterans returned from the World War, held their own parade; in 1944, U.S. Representative Charles MacKenzie of Louisiana denounced “with all the intensity of my soul” the CIO’s wartime canteen in D.C. for U.S. servicepeople because both blacks and whites were served (Eleanor Roosevelt had appeared on opening night); in 1972, Beverly Harrell defended her decision not to admit an African American man to her brothel at Lida Junction in Esmeralda County (“A bordello should have a choice of who they entertain.”) but Nevada Equal Rights Commission director Tony McCormick said a formal complaint would be filed against her. (Editor's Note: Two years later, Republican Harell ran for Nevada State Assembly and probably won because of her anti-BLM campaign centepriece. Although central Nevada was far from sacrosanct back then, the good old boys nonethless worried about their public image. The power structure's worst nightmares came true a few years later when national media started looking into Nevada's Cow County feudal system. Hangovers remain and some of them still get elected to this very day.)

February 16: On this date in 1863, [an ad appeared in] the Boston Journal: “To Colored Men: Wanted. Good men for the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers of African descent, Col. Robert G. Shaw (commanding). $100 bounty at expiration of term of service. Pay $13 per month, and State aid for families. All necessary information can be obtained at the office, corner Cambridge and North Russell Streets”. (After African American men had been lured into enlisting, their pay was cut to $10 a month, less than that paid to white soldiers, and they were forced to pay for their clothing, also not required of white soldiers.)

February 15: On this date in 1896, an effort was underway in Topeka to obtain federal pensions for African Americans who were enslaved before the civil war.

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February 14: On this date in 1955 in Florida, Dade County Republicans walked out of the Miami downtown Urmey Hotel—and later threatened legal action—after hotel president E. N. Claughton ordered 24 African American guests at the dinner out of the hotel because “this place is for whites only.”

February 13: On this date in 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt, speaking to the New York City Republican Club, gave a patronizing analysis of race relations in the U.S. that urged “that the backward race [African Americans] be trained so that it may enter into possession of true freedom while the forward race [whites] enabled to preserve unharmed the high civilization wrought out by its forefathers.”


February 12: On this date in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded; in 2001, Earl Washington, a mentally disabled African American, was sentenced to a halfway house instead of being freed after being exonerated by a DNA test of a murder for which he spent 19 years under sentence of death in a Virginia prison.

Feb. 11: In 1960, sixty members of the NAACP appeared at the doors of the whites-only Hawthorne, Nev., casino, the El Capitan, and were refused entry. (Editor's Note: Former Reno-Sparks Branch President Eddie Scott [1928-2017] remembered it well.); in 1916, Reno’s Twentieth Century Club heard author Jean Morris Ellis (Character Analysis/Subhuman or Superman) speak on eugenics; in 1950, two days after making his first charges that there were communists in government, U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy spoke in Reno at a Republican fundraiser at the Mapes Hotel (Edward Connors of the Nevada State Journal reported that on the senator’s reading copy of his speech text where he named the number of communists, McCarthy had scratched out the number “205” and written in the number “57”); in 2006 on a quail hunt, Vice-President Richard Cheney shot a friend, Harry Whittington, in the face.

Feb. 10: in 1865 legendary western lawman, attorney, politician, educator Elfago Baca, a champion of Latinos against white prejudice, was born in Socorro, New Mexico; in 1887 the St. Joseph [Missouri] Daily Herald reported, “CARSON CITY, February 9.—Both houses of the legislature, to-day, adopted resolutions disenfranchising Mormons in Nevada.”; in 1909 a few weeks after whites in Reno burned the city’s Chinatown down, the Chinese Benevolent Association of San Francisco, also known as the Six Companies, wired President Roosevelt asking him to help “right the wrongs suffered by the Chinese of Reno.”;

Feb. 8: In 1865 Martin Delany, founder of one of the first African-American newspapers (the Mystery), physician, and colleague of Frederick Douglass, was appointed the first black major in the U.S. Army.

Feb. 7: I In 1956 African-American student Autherine Lucy was expelled from the University of Alabama after mobs interfered with her attending classes (24 years later, the university lifted the expulsion and Lucy graduated in 1992).

Feb. 6: In 1820 the U.S. census reported that just under two out of every ten citizens was black — except that under article one, section two of the U.S. Constitution, each black counted as only three-fifths of a citizen.

Feb. 5: In 1962 four days of work began at Capitol Studios in New York and United Recording Studios in Hollywood on Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, the blockbuster Ray Charles LP that cut across musical and racial lines, included songs by Hank Williams, Don Gibson, Jimmie Davis, Floyd Tillman, Eddy Arnold and Zeke Clements, produced several charting singles, and is listed on a couple of dozen essential album lists, including those of Stereophile and Rolling Stone (the track “I Can’t Stop Loving You” received an Emmy and the album was entered in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999); in 1990, The New York Times wrote: “BOSTON, Feb. 5 — The Harvard Law Review, generally considered the most prestigious in the country, elected the first black president in its 104-year history today. The job is considered the highest student position at Harvard Law School. The new president of the Review is Barack Obama, a 28-year-old graduate of Columbia University who spent four years heading a community development program for poor blacks on Chicago’s South Side before enrolling in law school. His late father, Barack Obama, was a finance minister in Kenya and his mother, Ann Dunham, is an American anthropologist now doing fieldwork in Indonesia. Mr. Obama was born in Hawaii. ...”; in 1994 Byron de la Beckwith was sentenced to life in prison for the assassination three decades earlier of civil rights leader Medgar Evers.

Feb. 3: In 1865 in a conference arranged by newspaper publisher Horace Greeley, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and C.S. Vice President Alexander Stephens met on a steamboat in Virginia to try to negotiate an end to the civil war, but the conference promptly broke down when Lincoln refused to negotiate unless the south first surrendered, and refused to make any concessions such as recognition of the Confederacy; in 1910 Robert Earl Jones, one of the first black motion picture actors to achieve prominence (Odds Against Tomorrow, Mississippi Summer, The Sting, Trading Places, The Cotton Club) who was blacklisted by Hollywood in the 1940s and ‘50s and was the father of actor James Earl Jones and producer Matthew Earl Jones, was born in Senatobia, Mississippi; in 1956 after the NAACP obtained a court order against her being rejected and the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the order after a five-year legal battle, Autherine Lucy enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Alabama (on her third day of classes, a mob prevented her attendance, which the university used as a pretext for her suspension and then expulsion, which was reversed a quarter century later, followed by her graduation in 1992).

Feb. 2: In 1870, Samuel Clemens married Olivia Langdon in Elmira, New York; in 1951 two days after U.S. High Commissioner John McCloy pardoned and released 21 Nazi war criminals, the State of Virginia began two days of executions of seven African Americans convicted of rape in dubious circumstances by all-white juries.

[Above courtesy of Nevada Journalist Dennis Myers' Poor Denny's Almanac, © 2018]

On Feb. 1, 1960, four black college students began a sit-in protest at a lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., where they'd been refused service. (NY Times)

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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, 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

Darryl K. Feemster, Sr., 1962-2017

Coming in September 2018
73rd Annual Reno-Sparks NAACP Freedom Fund Awards Banquet

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We Don't Need No Education Part LXXXVI—>
Racist terrorism in the Nevada outback
Mississippi West 2018: Sexy moral depravity abides
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 1-31-2018 Sparks Tribune & affiliated publications

MLK Weekend & Terrorism in the Nevada outback
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 1-17-2018 Sparks Tribune and affiliated publications

The spirits of MLK and Bull Connor live right here
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 1-10-2018 Sparks Tribune / Updated 1-11 and 1-12-2018
"The good Lord created the world. Mankind built the cities. And the Devil thunk up the small town."Auld folk wisdom

Latest Klannish Nevada racism reports

    "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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