Personal Data for Marzette Lewis


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Personal Data for Marzette Lewis
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Marzette Lewis’s name is synonymous with Las Vegas community activism. Beginning in the 1970s and continuing to the time of this interview, Marzette has been an outspoken leader with the ultimate goal to provide equal and quality education for the children of Las Vegas, especially those under-served, poorer neighborhoods. This two-part interview begins with the murder of Marzette’s father at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan in Quitman, Mississippi. She talks about her visits and eventual move to Las Vegas in the 1950s. In 1964, she became the first black seamstress at Desert Inn Casino and an executive housekeeper. As a young mother, she also became involved in the education of her school-aged son. She details the subsequent steps to assure him a quality education. She becomes a vocal proponent to end bussing of children from their neighborhood schools and starts WAAK-UP [Westside Action Alliance Corps Uplifting People] as a part of her mission to improve local education.
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2012-10-30; 2012-11-14
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