Transcript of interview with Woodrow Wilson by Gwendolyn Goodloe, February 28, 1975


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Transcript of interview with Woodrow Wilson by Gwendolyn Goodloe, February 28, 1975
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Goodloe, Gwendolyn
Interview 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.
Born 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.
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