Personal Data for Marzette Lewis

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Digital ID
ohr000409
Title
Personal Data for Marzette Lewis
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Birth Date
1940-11-29
Place of Birth
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United States of America
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United States of America
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Description
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.
Link to Interview Transcript
http://d.library.unlv.edu/cdm/ref/collection/ohr/id/591
Link to Interview Audio Clip
http://d.library.unlv.edu/cdm/ref/collection/ohr/id/589
Selected Photographs
http://d.library.unlv.edu/cdm/ref/collection/ohr/id/510; http://d.library.unlv.edu/cdm/ref/collection/ohr/id/529; http://d.library.unlv.edu/cdm/ref/collection/ohr/id/519; http://d.library.unlv.edu/cdm/ref/collection/ohr/id/609
Source
F850.N4 P38
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Original Date (interview)
2012-10-30; 2012-11-14
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This material may be protected by copyright. Personal, including educational and academic, use of this material is without restriction; but acknowledgement of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University Libraries is requested whether the use is oral, web or in print. Commercial use of any portion of this material requires permission. For further information please contact Digital Collections: http://digital.library.unlv.edu/contact.
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University of Nevada Las Vegas
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