Transcript of interview with Rev. Marion D. Bennett, Sr. by Claytee D. White, January 12, 2004

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ohr000125
Title
Transcript of interview with Rev. Marion D. Bennett, Sr. by Claytee D. White, January 12, 2004
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Interviewer
White, Claytee D.
Description
Interview with Rev. Marion D. Bennett, Sr. conducted by Claytee D. White on January 12, 2004. Bennett grew up in Greenville, South Carolina and graduated from Morris Brown College before earning his Master of Divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta. He moved to Las Vegas in 1960 to pastor Zion United Methodist Church, ultimately growing his congregation to over six hundred members. Bennett speaks candidly about the racial tension that the Las Vegas community endured during integration and his fight to establish the Equal Rights Commission in Nevada. In 1973, he ran for the Nevada State Assembly and served for ten years, focusing on quality education and employment along with healthcare and equal rights.
Abstract
Reverend Marion D. Bennett, Sr. comes from a family of eleven in Greenville, South Carolina. He graduated from Sterling High School and went on to Morris Brown College. After graduating in 1957, he later matriculated at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, where he received a Master of Divinity in 1960. Reverend Bennett came to Las Vegas on July 7, 1960 to pastor the Zion United Methodist Church. In the interview, Reverend Bennett gives his account of Las Vegas during the early years. He recalls the Westside of Las Vegas during integration and speaks candidly about the racial tension that the community endured. Reverend Bennett fought hard to get the Equal Rights Commission established in Nevada. In 1973, he ran for the Nevada State Assembly and won the post for five terms, which totaled ten years of service. His focus in the Assembly was quality education and employment along with healthcare and equal rights. Over the years, Reverend Bennett expanded his church and added a day care center. His congregation grew from thirty members to six hundred. Throughout the interview, he speaks about well known early Las Vegans like Ruby Duncan, Mahlon Brown, Jack Anderson, and Dave Hoggard, reflecting on more than forty years of life in Las Vegas, and ends with his thoughts on what the city's future.
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Westside
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Source
CT247 .B45 2007
Original Collection
Original Date (interview)
2004-01-12
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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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2379 x 3219 pixels; 7.9 x 10.7 inches; 23,283,171 bytes; 51 images
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24 bit color; 300 ppi

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