Spotlights

The Sixth Grade Centers

In Brown v. Board of Education (1954), the United States Supreme Court decided that racially segregated schools were inherently unequal and mandated all school districts to desegregate schools.  Meanwhile, there were three elementary schools located in West Las Vegas, and between 1956 and 1966 the Clark County School District (CCSD) built four additional elementary schools in this area. CCSD chose not to open any junior high or high schools in West Las Vegas; therefore, secondary schools in Las Vegas were more racially integrated.

1971 Consent Decree

A consent decree is as an order issued by a court that expresses a voluntary agreement by the participants in a lawsuit. In 1971, a consent decree alleged a series of violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Las Vegas gaming industry was continuing to discriminate against black workers.

EOB: The start of the Economic Opportunity Board

The term EOB is referred to in many of the oral histories conducted for the African American Experience. These three letters denote the Economic Opportunity Board. The EOB was established to create and manage programs to end poverty in urban Las Vegas, and used federal funding to create job training initiatives, day care, a radio station, and literacy programs. 

How the Westside Began

The area of Las Vegas called the Westside sits on land formerly called the McWilliams Townsite, which was the get-rich scheme of J. T. McWilliams in the early 1900s.

Iconic Moulin Rouge

The Moulin Rouge Hotel Casino opened on May 24, 1955 as the first luxury interracial gaming establishment in Las Vegas. It closed in October of the same year. That five month period proved to be the heyday of the historic landmark.

The Story of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in Las Vegas

In the great “Silver State” of Nevada Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is fortunate to have three distinctive chapters: Las Vegas Alumnae, Eta Chi, and Tau Mu. The Las Vegas Alumnae Chapter (LVAC) was the first chapter chartered in Nevada. The chapter was chartered on June 3, 1966 by eleven tenacious young educators and social workers. The eleven charter members of the Las Vegas Alumnae Chapter had the wisdom and foresight to know that there was and would always be a need for black women to be politically aware and involved and serve the African American community.