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Reid statement on Black History Month

By ThisIsReno


WASHINGTON, D.C.–Sen. Harry Reid made the following statement in recognition of Black History Month:

“Nevada’s story cannot be told without remembering the many African-Americans that sought to make our state a place where all people are treated equal.

“I remember when Nevada was called the “Mississippi of the West.” Restaurants would not serve African-Americans, and movie theaters had separate sections. Sammy Davis Jr. and Nat King Cole could perform in Las Vegas, but could not stay in the hotel.

“Leaders like Donald Clark, J. David Hoggard Sr., Dr. James B. McMillian, Woodrow Wilson, Lubertha Johnson, Dr. Charles I. West and Dr. William ‘Bob’ Bailey and Sarann Knight Preddy and many others persevered through ignorance and discrimination to integrate the gaming industry and promote minority-owned business in our state.

“I have been honored to work with African-American leaders in Nevada and in Washington to fight for civil rights and protections for all Americans, regardless of race. This month we are inspired and encouraged by their strength as we recall the change they have wrought and look forward to a future where the same opportunities are available to all.”

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