Skip to main content

Las Vegas African American Community Conversations

Las Vegas African American Community Conversations

The Las Vegas African American Community Conversations is a four part, one hour round table conversation with local Las Vegans. They share their powerful stories and great history, with topics ranging from “Migration, Civil Rights, Education, Church, Entertainment and the Early Legal Community.”

Part One: A conversation about “Early Migration, Work and Community Emergence”

Moderator: Trish Geran ( Author/Community Activist)
Panelists: Lucille Bryant (Community Activist)
Jackie Brantley (Former Director-Office of Governor Kenny Guinn)
Hannah Brown (Urban Chamber of Commerce)
David L. Washington (1st Black Chief of Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Department)
Brenda J. Williams (President-Westside School Alumni Foundation)

Part Two: A conversation about “Education, Economy and Integration”

Moderator: Sonya Horsford Ed.D.
Panelists: Dr. Esther Langston (Professor UNLV)
Verlia Davis-Hoggard (Director of Clark County Social Services-Retired)
Idan M. Gaines (Regional Representative for Senator Harry Reid)
Dr. Linda Young (President-CCSD Board of Trustees)

Part Three: A conversation about ” Civil Rights and Entertainment”

Moderator: Claytee D. White (Director-Oral History Research Center)
Panelists: Lonnie G Wright (College Professor/Business Owner)
LaVerne C. Ligon (Director- Simba Talent Development Center Inc.)
Walter Mason (Director-IRA Aldridge Theater)
Leonard Pock Jr. (Retired Stagehand)
B.J. Thomas (Retired Stagehand)

Part Four: A conversation about “ Early African American Legal Community”

Moderator: Rachel Anderson (Professor-UNLV Boyd School of Law)
Panelists: Michael L. Douglas (Justice-Supreme Court of Nevada)
Karen Bennett (Justice- Las Vegas Justice Court)
Booker Evans (Greenberg Traurig, LLP)
John R. Bailey ( Attorney/Managing Partner Bailey Kennedy)
Timothy C. Williams (Justice-District Court)