Transcripts of interview with Helen Anderson Toland, February 21, 2007


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Transcripts of interview with Helen Anderson Toland, February 21, 2007
White, Claytee D.;
Helen recalls coming to Las Vegas in the 1960s. She married early civil rights activist Jim Anderson in 1964. Helen was the first black female school principal in the Clark County School District.
A child of the 1930s, Helen Anderson Toland was born Helen Eileen Herndon and is a native of Missouri. She attended University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and received her master’s degree in speech corrections/therapy from University of Southern California. In the early 1960s, a romance with Las Vegas civil rights worker Jim Anderson budded in Los Angeles at NAACP meetings. In 1964 they married. Her career in Las Vegas moved along quickly. She was immediately hired as a speech therapist and by 1965 she was moving up the educational hierarchy as the city dealt with civil rights. She became the first black female principal for Clark County School District when took the position at Kit Carson Elementary School; a position she would hold for seven years. Jim Anderson passed away and Helen returned to Los Angeles after marrying her second husband Elton Toland, a Los Angeles hair products manufacturer. When Elton died, Helen moved back. It was a changed civil rights landscape and she shares some of observations about it. Helen is an avid traveler who frequently visits the continent of Africa. She remains active in the Las Vegas African American community.
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