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Transcript of interview with Woodrow Wilson by Gwendolyn Goodloe, February 28, 1975
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Digital IDohr000210
TitleTranscript of interview with Woodrow Wilson by Gwendolyn Goodloe, February 28, 1975
NarratorWilson, Woodrow
Material SetWilson, Woodrow
InterviewerGoodloe, Gwendolyn
DescriptionInterview with Woodrow Wilson conducted by Gwendolyn Goodloe on February 28, 1975. Wilson worked at the Basic Magnesium plant and became the first black elected to the Nevada Assembly in 1966. He served as president of the NAACP in 1951, and was a co-founder of Westside Federal Credit Union.
AbstractBorn in Mississippi, Mr. Wilson came to Las Vegas in 1942. He narrates his experiences in southern Nevada from that time to 1975. Mr. Wilson describes his experiences fighting discrimination and working for the betterment of life in the black community in Las Vegas. His battles included desegregating the latrines at his place of employment, opening Las Vegas casinos to blacks, and legislating an open housing law in Nevada. He participated in the founding of the Westside Federal Credit Union. Mr. Wilson narrates his experiences as a community activist: in the credit union, where he is treasurer-manager; in the Second Baptist Church, where he served as trustee and deacon; in the NAACP, where he was president and member of the board of directors; in the Nevada Voters League, which he served as vice-chairman; and in the Boy Scouts of America, as Nevada's first black scoutmaster. He entered politics and, as a Republican, served in the state legislature where he worked to bring about an open housing law. Mr. Wilson outlines his experience on various legislative committees, particularly pertaining to education and health and welfare. His legislative career ended in 1972 when his bid for a state Senate seat was rejected by his district. He briefly describes early housing in Las Vegas and crowded road conditions to Henderson in the 1940s. Mr. Wilson notes that the Las Vegas black community has a very high standard of living and ascribes the lack of cohesiveness in the black community in the face of problems affecting it to that very economic security. He compares that self-centered attitude with an earlier one of support and unity in solving problems in the black community.
Identified IndividualsWilson, Woodrow
Identified Corporate BodiesNevada. Legislature @LoC
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People @LoC
Basic Magnesium, Inc. @LoC
Identified NeighborhoodWestside
Neighborhood City / TownLas Vegas
SourceF849 L35 W66
Original CollectionElizabeth Nelson Patrick Collection
Original Date (interview)1975-02-28
Subject (FAST)African American businesspeople
African American politicians
Community activists
Discrimination in employment
Discrimination in housing
Legislators
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Race relations
Religious institutions
DC TypeText
Genre (TGM)Interview Transcripts
Specific Genre (LCSH)Transcripts
Languageeng
RightsThis material may be protected by copyright. Personal, including educational and academic, use of this material is without restriction; but acknowledgement of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University Libraries is requested whether the use is oral, web or in print. Commercial use of any portion of this material requires permission. For further information please contact Digital Collections: http://digital.library.unlv.edu/contact. This document is an oral history. It is a spoken account of certain events and phenomena recorded at one particular moment and filtered through one individual's life experience, sensibility, and memory. As such, it should be considered a primary source rather than a final, verified, or complete narrative of the events it records.
Digital PublisherUniversity of Nevada Las Vegas
Digital CollectionThe African American Experience in Las Vegas
Master Extent2342 x 3220 pixels; 7.807 x 10.733 inches; 13,680,640 bytes; 27 images
Master File Formatimage/tiff
Master File Quality24 bit color; 300 ppi
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