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Civil rights

Repository: University of Nevada, Reno. Oral History Program

Collection Description (Extant): During the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, the situation in Nevada reflected, to a certain extent, what was going on in the rest of the country. Referred to by some as the "Mississippi of the West," the state experienced its own growing pains during that era, with boycotts (actual or threatened), protests, the forming of organizations, and lawsuits. While there were civil rights proponents in other parts of Nevada, much of this activity took place in the southern part of the state, where a strong NAACP chapter and equally strong leaders worked to desegregate many aspects of life, from housing and employment to education. They were assisted in large part by Governor Grant Sawyer, who used his power and influence to push the cause of civil rights at the state level between 1959 and 1965. Topics addressed in this module include:

The Experiences of Black Entertainers

Segregated Education

Housing and Employment Opportunities

Civil Rights Legislation

The Moulin Rouge Agreement (which desegregated the Las Vegas Strip)

Collection URL: External Link

Digital Status: Partial

Language: English

Interviewees: John Cahlan, Clarence Ray, Morton Saiger, Lubertha Johnson, Woodrow Wilson, Milos Begovich, Yvonne Davis, James McMillan, Mary Hill Fulstone, George Ullom, Art Smith, Grant Sawyer, Eva Simmons, Barbara Bennett, Ralph Denton, Jim Slattery, Fred Settlemeyer, Jean Ford, Stan Davis

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African American entertainers
African Americans--Civil rights--Nevada
African Americans--Employment
Civil rights movements--Nevada
Congress of Racial Equality
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Race discrimination
School integration--Nevada
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)
United States Commission on Civil Rights
United States. Civil Rights Act of 1964




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