Transcript of an interview with Eva G. Simmons by Claytee D. White, February 4, 2013

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ohr000583
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Transcript of an interview with Eva G. Simmons by Claytee D. White, February 4, 2013
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White, Claytee D.;
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Eva Simmons is a retired educator and school administrator. She has lived in Las Vegas since 1963. In this interview, she talks about Prestige Schools and Sixth Grade Centers.
Abstract
Growing up in Somerville, Texas, Eva Goins Simmons never imagined moving to Las Vegas, Nevada but she moved here twice: Once briefly in 1957 to be with her sister and then again continuously in 1963 after college graduation and marrying her husband George Simmons. She shares the story of how she rooted her life in the desert community, devoted herself to education and to her family. Eva attributes her life successes to her list of friends and mentors. Despite their college educations, the employment opportunities for educated African Americans were limited. Eva had a degree in sociology, health and recreation; her husband had an engineering/architecture degree from University of Texas, Austin. Their persistence and talents eventually led to successful careers. George worked for Sproul Homes during the building of Berkley Square and at the Nevada Test Site. Eva's career path worked its way through the Clark County School District from teacher to administrator. She provides an understanding of the Sixth Grade Centers and Prestige Schools, which were spawned during the desegregation era. Today there is a school named after her in North Las Vegas: the Eva G. Simmons Elementary School. She also was active in the Delta Sigma Theta sorority and the formation of Les Femmes Douze, a scholarship-granting organization.
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F850.N4 S54 2012
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2013-02-04
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February 4, 2013
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