Transcript of Interview with Gene Collins, July 16, 2009


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Transcript of Interview with Gene Collins, July 16, 2009
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White, Claytee D.;
Gene Collins served as President of Las Vegas chapter of NAACP 1998-2001. He aslso worked at the Nevada Test Site as an electrician.
Mr. Gene Collins came to Las Vegas to stay around 1966. He discusses the job market here and delineates his work experience and career as culinary employee, operation engineer, and finally as electrician at the Nevada Test Site. Gene first joined the NAACP at the age of 21 and credits his grandfather's example as motivation. Coaching Little League sports and interacting with those young people convinced him that he could make a difference by speaking up for them. He became a Nevada State Assemblyman to help bring diversification, jobs, and businesses to the black community. Mr. Collins was voted in as president of the NAACP in Las Vegas from 1998 to 2001. He details the accomplishments of the NAACP during those years and discusses the means by which they were met, including marches and protests. He mentions the Most Improved commendation from the national association, meeting with Winnie Mandela, and kudos from Terry Lenny for the NAACP's part in being able to introduce gaming into Macau. Mr. Collins' closing comments include thanks to past generations, his wish for future generations, and mention of Assembly Bill 99. He also refers to President Obama's address to the NAACP National Convention in 2009.
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