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HRPS Presents: John L. Smith discusses his book, “The Westside Slugger: Joe Neal’s Lifelong Fight for Social Justice”
The Westside Slugger is the powerful story of civil rights in Las Vegas and Nevada through the eyes and experience of Joe Neal, a history-making state lawmaker in Nevada. Neal rose from humble beginnings in Mound, Louisiana, during the Great Depression to become the first African American to serve in the Nevada State Senate.
John L. Smith is a longtime journalist and the author of more than a dozen books on some of the most significant characters in Las Vegas history. In three decades as a daily columnist with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, he garnered many state and national awards for his work. In 2016, Smith was named to the Nevada Newspaper Hall of Fame and was part of a group of reporters to receive the Ancil Payne Award for Ethics from the University of Oregon, the Society of Professional Journalists award for Ethics, and the James Foley Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism from Northwestern University.
This program will be held via Zoom. Please register and receive the meeting link prior to the program.
- Wednesday, May 20, 2020
- 5:30pm - 7:00pm
- Zoom - Register to receive link to event
- Digital Library
Jim Bonar is a former high school teacher, having finished his career as a math teacher at Sparks High School. His retirement interests (in addition to skiing, hiking, woodworking and off-road extreme jeeping to name a few) is the preservation of historical trails, roads, and Western history. He became interested in “roads” as a young child in Green River, Wyoming while watching the traffic pass through town on Highway 30, also known as the Lincoln Highway. In the early 1990s, the Lincoln Highway Association was formed, and Jim became a charter member, and at this time is the Association’s national Board member for Nevada. He has been giving presentations about western historical events around the west for some years, since retiring, and always enjoys passing on his enchantment of how the west was settled.