Transcript of Interview with Otis & Tisha Harris, September 15, 2010


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Transcript of Interview with Otis & Tisha Harris, September 15, 2010
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White, Claytee D.;
Otis and Tisha Harris detail the businesses that existed in West Las Vegas.
In the early 1940s, after an argument with a white person, Otis Harris's father decided to relocate from Texas to California. During the trip west, he stopped in Las Vegas where they were hiring at the Basic Magnesium plant. Though he only worked there briefly, Las Vegas became home to the Harris family. In this interview, Otis talks about his father's hard working nature and being raised with seven siblings in Las Vegas. He details the businesses that existed on the streets of the Westside area of the city and talks about growing up in Las Vegas during a era of racial change. Otis met the challenges and saw opportunities to make a difference in his community. Over the years he served as a public and private activist. [See Appendix for a series of clippings about Otis's endeavors.] Sylvia "Tisha" Harris is also interviewed. In contrast to her husband's upbringing, she was born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey. Her mother was a caterer whose client list included Albert Einstein. In 1963, Tisha was recruited to be a teacher in Las Vegas, a career path that she followed until retiring after 29 years. Today the couple remain active in the community and operate Unibex Global Corporation.
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Westside; Berkley Square
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CT.247 H37 2007
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University of Nevada Las Vegas
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2341 x 3160 pixels; 7.803 x 10.533 inches; 90,836,082 bytes; 105 images
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