Las Vegas Civil Rights Trunk, honoring Claytee White

Dr. Charles I. West
Dr. Charles I. West – the first African American doctor in southern Nevada who worked to advance the cause of civil rights in Las Vegas. Photo: Copyright NSMLV, Florian Mitchell Collection

This trunk captures the histories of African Americans within Southern Nevada and the individuals who led the charge for fighting for equal rights within Las Vegas.

Click here to watch the Civil Rights video

Click here for the Civil Rights Poster Lesson Plan

Click here for the Civil Rights Worksheet

The trunk is designed for elementary school aged/middle school children to learn about the following:

  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
  • The Moulin Rouge Agreement of 1960 (A verbal agreement)
  • The Consent Decree of 1971
  • National Welfare Rights Organization
  • The individuals that are featured in the presentation are:
    • Bob Bailey – Entertainer, Social Activist and first African American TV Personality
    • Hattie Canty – First African American President of Culinary Union 226
    • Ruby Duncan – Leader of Welfare Rights For Southern Nevada
    • Charles L. Kellar – First African American Attorney in the State of Nevada
    • Alice Key – Journalist and TV Personality
    • James McMillan – First African American Dentist in Las Vegas
    • Faye Todd – First Las Vegas Mid-Level Manager
    • Charles I. West – First African American Doctor in Las Vegas