The African American Experience in Las Vegas Oral History Project

Dec. 9, 2013

UNLV students lent their voices to the Collaborative Project to Document the African American Experience in Las Vegas Oral History Project as they participated in a Community Conversation on November 18. The project is recording five roundtable conversations in PBS studios in Las Vegas. This panel was designed specifically to hear from younger people about how they experience Las Vegas and what they would like to see happen in the future. The students, Whitney Petty, Zachary Thomas, and Reese Harvey, represent the diverse majors on the UNLV campus: Pre-Nursing, Economics and Journalism, respectively. Thomas and Petty are currently taking African American Studies courses. The conversation was moderated by Dr. Manoucheka Celeste, who teaches African American Studies courses in Interdisciplinary Degree Programs. The students join community leaders, spiritual leaders and media specialists who offer their insights on the history and future of African Americans in Las Vegas as a part of this project lead by Claytee D. White, Director of the Oral History Research Center at UNLV Libraries. The students expressed great optimism for the future of Las Vegas and its diverse African American community and emphasized the need for dialogue and partnerships across communities.