Transcript of an interview with Theron and Naomi Goynes by Claytee D. White, June 28 and July 12, 2012


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Transcript of an interview with Theron and Naomi Goynes by Claytee D. White, June 28 and July 12, 2012
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White, Claytee D.
Interview with Theron and Naomi Goynes conducted by Claytee D. White on June 28 and July 12, 2012. A retired school principal, Theron Goynes also served as a North Las Vegas councilman and mayor pro-temp and was the first black in Nevada history to chair a government body. Naomi had thirty-six-year career in local education.
Theron and Naomi Goynes' paths crossed in Nashville, Arkansas where they both were young teachers 1956. Theron was a native of Texarkana, Texas and had recently been discharged from the United States Air Force. Naomi, a minister's daughter from Memphis, Tennessee, had just graduated from college. By 1958 they were married, living in Los Angeles and soon accepted positions with the Department of Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs to teach the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. They both signed teaching contracts in 1964 with Clark County School District and moved to Las Vegas with their young children. They have resided in North Las Vegas ever since on Veronica Street, aka "Teachers Row." Mr. Goynes is a retired elementary school principal and remembers being "told" of his new school assignment during desegregation. He is also a former North Las Vegas City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tempore. Mrs. Goynes is also an inspirational educator who successfully influenced the CCSD to implement DISTAR reading, language and mathematics. An elementary school has been named for Theron and Naomi Goynes and a North Las Vegas park is a Theron H. Goynes namesake.
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2012-06-28; 2012-07-12
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