Transcript of interview with Brenda Mason by Claytee D. White, December 20, 2006


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Transcript of interview with Brenda Mason by Claytee D. White, December 20, 2006
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Interview with Brenda Mason conducted by Claytee D. White on December 20, 2006. After moving to Las Vegas in 1960, Mason graduated from Western High School. Beginning in 1974, she served two terms on the Board of Regents.
Brenda Mason was born in Texas and moved to Las Vegas around 1960. Her extended family had also left Texas and settled here as a result of pressure from the KKK. Some of her early memories of attending integrated schools in Las Vegas including serving on a panel that discussed the impact of integration in the schools. Brenda has many memories of Vegas in the 1960s, including her first glimpse of UNLV, attending Roy Martin Jr. High and Las Vegas High School, and applying for the Rythmettes. Because of zoning changes, she attended Western High School in her senior year, and served as class president. Ms. Mason became a National Merit Scholarship finalist and applied for Chapman College in Orange County. In the summer, she sang with a group called Kitten and the Upsetters at a club in Vegas. Her group entered a Spring Sing at Chapman College in 1967, and she reconnected with this group at the forty year reunion. Brenda traveled with the World Campus ship for a semester, and afterwards became community coordinator with the Teacher Corps Project at UNLV. She also continued taking college courses in sociology at UNLV. In 1974 she made the decision to run for a seat on the Board of Regents. Brenda served two terms on the Board of Regents and was recognized for her efforts in affirmative action. She also finished her undergraduate and master's degrees and applied to the McGeorge School of Law, University if the Pacific, in Sacramento, which she attended for one year. After that year, she transferred to a law school in San Diego, got a job at the U.S. Attorney's office as a paralegal, and retired from that position after twenty-six years of service.
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