Transcript of Interview with Dean Ishman, July 2, 2009


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Transcript of Interview with Dean Ishman, July 2, 2009
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White, Claytee D.;
Dean Ishman moved to Las Vegas in 1995, becoming the Las Vegas NAACP branch president in 2003.
Dean Ishman shares a thumbnail sketch of his background in New York and a brief description of his decision to move to Las Vegas in 1995. He had not been involved with the NAACP in New York, but his work in the church led him to the Inner-Faith Council for Workers Justice. Because of his involvement with that organization, he was asked to serve as president of NAACP in Las Vegas. Dean's immediate predecessors were Spencer Barrett and Gene Collins. He discusses the reorganization of the NAACP after Collins, listing those involved in training and re-chartering. He also recalls the fund raising event that was held after the reorganization (2002) and his ascension to the presidency (2003). As president of the NAACP, Dean recalls instituting phone and mail logs to better track complaints and requests. He also shares memories of Freedom Fund Banquets and the speakers who were invited, the Suave Lopez shooting, and the NAACP branches established in Nevada prisons. Dean discusses his presidency's focus on building dues-paying memberships, efforts at recruiting Hispanics, and his current involvement with the Hope Scholarship Golf Tournament. His closing comments include letting ancestors know that the struggle continues and reminding future generations to get involved.
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