Transcript of Interview with James Rogers, June 30, 2009


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Transcript of Interview with James Rogers, June 30, 2009
White, Claytee D.;
James Rogers was President of the local NAACP from 1996-2000. He is also the Pastor of Greater New Jerusalem Church.
Bishop James Rogers gives a brief description of his early years on a plantation in Louisiana near Tallulah. He describes coming to Las Vegas in 1970 at the age of 19, being mentored by Dr. F.N. Addison, and attending community rallies and town hall meetings. He mentions that his initial involvement in the NAACP came about through supporting his pastor and getting involved in marches and news conferences. Bishop Rogers describes using his pulpit to address many issues that affected the black community, gives background on his theological training, and mentions the community marches against police brutality. He gives details on the two or three cases that were particularly inflammatory and which eventually lead to legislation that would create a citizens' review board for police and sheriffs departments. Today Bishop Rogers continues to pastor his church and also attends branch meetings in support of President Hawkins and the NAACP. The most important memory for him was the fact that the black community had absolute confidence and trust in his ability to lead. He appreciates that his predecessors paved the way for him and reminds future generations to protect, use, and further the many advantages that have been created through the work of their forebears.
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