The UNLV University Libraries’ multi-year project “Documenting the African American Experience in Las Vegas” culminated in February with the premiere of the Vegas PBS documentary African Americans: The Las Vegas Experience.
African Americans: The Las Vegas Experience is the result of a partnership between UNLV University Libraries and Vegas PBS, with grant funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial. The documentary is the final phase of the UNLV University Libraries’ “Documenting the African American Experience in Las Vegas” project, which included the formation of an advisory board, the collection of oral histories and materials, and the creation of a digital portal to provide online access to the project’s materials.
The documentary includes interviews with Claytee White, director of the UNLV University Libraries Oral History Research Center, as well as Dr. Earnest Bracey, Robert Stoldal, Dr. Sylvester S. Rogers, Jean Childs, Hannah Brown, Helen Anderson Toland, Theron Goynes, Naomi Goynes, John Edmond, Agnes Marshall, Jarmilla McMillan Arnold, Ruby Amie-Pilot, Henry L. Reagan Jr., Leonard Polk, Claudette Enus, Jackie Brantley, and Eva Simmons.
Documenting the African American Experience in Las Vegas was launched by the UNLV University Libraries in 2012 with the Community Partners of the African American Collaborative. This group of individuals and organizations came together with a mission of collecting, preserving, and making accessible the history of African Americans in Las Vegas.
White, Vegas PBS General Manager Tom Axtell, and UNLV University Libraries Special Collections Director Michelle Light discuss the documentary in this State of Nevada interview on KNPR.
To learn more about the project, visit the Documenting the African American Experience in Las Vegas web portal. If you are a Vegas PBS member, you can watch African Americans: The Las Vegas Experience online.