Transcript of interview with Samuel E. Wright by Claytee D. White, October 8, 2010

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ohr000156
Title
Transcript of interview with Samuel E. Wright by Claytee D. White, October 8, 2010
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Interviewer
White, Claytee D.
Description
Interview with Samuel E. Wright conducted by Claytee D. White on October 8, 2010. Wright candidly discusses growing up during the 1960s racial riots and notes the influence of black activist Stokely Carmichael during that era. He attended Howard University and began a career in public transportation that eventually brought him to Los Angeles and then to Las Vegas with a personal invitation from Mayor Bill Briare. Arriving in Vegas in 1979, Wright worked for the Regional Transportation Commission for twenty-six years, improving systems for a rapidly expanding city. Wright's career ignited his interest in preserving local history and neighborhoods, leading him to start a non-profit organization called PlaceMakers with Las Vegas architect Bob Fielden.
Abstract
Samuel Wright was born in 1946. When his father died, his mother raised her son while working as a maid in Washington, D.C. Sam candidly talks about growing up in 1960s during the racial riots and shares that he was influenced by black activist, Stokely Carmichael during that era. He attended Howard University and mapped out a career in public transportation that eventually brought him to Los Angeles and then to Las Vegas with a personal invitation from then Mayor Bill Briare. Sam arrived in Vegas in 1979 and worked for the RTC for twenty-six years. During the interview, he cites steps in improving the transportation systems of a quickly expanding city. When he first started, his computer department numbered thirteen. By 1990, there were at least two hundred people on staff. Sam's career gave him unique perspectives of the community and spawned his interest in preserving local history and stemming the ruin of neighborhoods that might be in the way of "progress." He and his friend Bob Fielden, a Las Vegas architect, started a non-profit organization called PlaceMakers, which Sam also talks about here.
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Source
CT247 .W753 2007
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Original Date (interview)
2010-10-08
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This 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.
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University of Nevada Las Vegas
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2365 x 3099 pixels; 7.9 x 10.3 inches; 22,296,573 bytes; 67 images
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24 bit color; 300 ppi

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