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Green Valley Library series to explore civil rights struggle


Hoping to tell stories from the African-American community, Green Valley Library is planning to launch its new series “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle.”

“We are looking forward to it,” said Kevin Scanlon, head of adult services at the Green Valley Library. “It’s a look at life in the African-American community following emancipation and the Civil War.”

The first event “From BMI to Busing — Building a Black Community” is scheduled at 1 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway.

Historians Michael Green, a professor at the College of Southern Nevada, and Claytee White, the director of oral history research at UNLV, are expected to present at the first seminar.

Green said that when it comes to telling the history of Southern Nevada, people usually focus on prominent names while losing sight of other important figures who might have been lesser known.

In particular, he said people might not know about the events and people who shaped Southern Nevada for the African-American community.

“When the subject comes up, it’s quite often to the Moulin Rouge,” Green said, referring to the first integrated hotel in Las Vegas. “We are going to dig a little deeper.”

White and Green are planning to talk about subjects such as black workers who moved to the Basic townsite — before it was known as Henderson — to work at the Basic Magnesium Plant, the rise of West Las Vegas and the local fight for integration.

“We will be focusing on about 40 years,” he said.

The next seminar in the series, “Living History,” is slated for 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 18 and is expected to include a panel featuring local African-Americans who have a personal insight to the issues, such as former State Sen. Joe Neal, the first African American in the State Senate; Jackie Brantley, who was in one of the first mid-level management positions in a Strip hotel; LeVern Ligon, who was part of the first house line of black dancers on the Strip; and Ramon Savoy, editor of the Las Vegas Sentinel-Voice newspaper.

Green said after the panel discussion, which is expected to last an hour or two, the event will do the “historical version of speed dating.” Individual panel members will interact with visitors and chat one-on-one.

“Some people on the panel might not say certain things in a larger group,” he said. “When people talk to them individually, they might open up a little more.”

Over the next few weeks, Henderson Libraries is expected to continue the series, which is slated also to include these films: “Loving Story” at 10 a.m. Jan. 18, “Freedom Riders” at 10 a.m. Jan. 25, “Slavery by Another Name” at 10 a.m. Feb. 1 and “The Abolitionists” at 10 a.m. Feb. 8.

Green said the films are scheduled to be moderated by local documentary filmmaker Stan Armstrong.

The series is funded through the Bridging Cultures initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, which funds historical projects and events.

Green hopes to partner with the library to do similar events in the future.

All the events for “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” are free, but registration is required.

For more information, call 702-207-4261.

Contact Henderson/Anthem View reporter Michael Lyle at mlyle@viewnews.com or 702-387-5201.

SERIES SCHEDULE

The Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway, is scheduled to offer its Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” series Jan. 11-Feb. 8. Events include:

“From BMI to Busing — Building a Black Community” scheduled at 1 p.m. Jan. 11 “Living History,” a panel discussion followed by an open house, slated for 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 18.

Film screenings, moderated by local documentary filmmaker Stan Armstrong, are set to include

“Loving Story” at 10 a.m. Jan. 18, “Freedom Riders” at 10 a.m. Jan. 25, “Slavery by Another Name” at 10 a.m. Feb. 1 and “The Abolitionists” at 10 a.m. Feb. 8.

For more information, visit mypubliclibrary.org or call 702-207-4261.

MORE HENDERSON LIBRARIES PROGRAMS

Film Movement series to feature ‘Aliyah’

A free screening of “Aliyah” is scheduled from 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway. The French film with English subtitles was directed by Elie Wajeman. The film’s hero Alex must quickly find enough money to accomplish his “aliyah” (a term for Jews emigrating to Israel). He also has to leave behind his beloved city of Paris, his former lover Esther, his lifelong friend Mathias and Jeanne, a woman whom he’s just met but has the potential of becoming someone important in his life. Torn between making his aliyah, his drug selling, his complicated love life and a destructive brother, Alex will have to find his own way and make a final decision. Films in the library’s Film Movement Series are unrated and are not recommended for children younger than 18. For more information, call Caroline Hoover at 702-492-6580.

Free basic telescope classes offered at libraries

Join Geary Keilman of the Las Vegas Astronomical Society as he teaches a free beginning astronomers telescope clinic from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 11 at the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway, and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. Registration is required. Children 12 or younger must be accompanied by an adult. To register, visit mypubliclibrary.org.

Library to host Picnic and a Movie event

Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy a free family-friendly movie during a picnic and a movie event slated for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. Call the Youth Services Department at 702-207-4260, option 4, for film details.

Artist to lead LEGO night at Green Valley Library

Artist and educator Tim Nolan, who knows LEGOs inside out, is scheduled to host LEGO Night at the Green Valley Library: Valentine’s Creations from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 30 at the 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway library. There is no need to bring your bricks, the artist will supply them. Children 10 or younger must be accompanied by a parent. Registration is required to participate. To register, visit mypubliclibrary.org or call the library at 702-207-4274.

 

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