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We Need To Talk : Historic West Side

Companion guide to the panel series, We Need To Talk, sponsored by the University Libraries and Greenspun College of Urban Affairs with livestreaming by UNLV TV.

Our Panelists

Our Panelists

Chase McCurdy, Artist

William McCurdy II, Clark County Commissioner, District D

Erika Vital-Lazare, Professor of Creative Writing and Marginalized Voices in Dystopian Literature at the College of Southern Nevada


Las Vegas's Historic Westside

At one time the Westside was the sole black community—the only area where African Americans could live,” says Claytee White, director of UNLV’s Oral History Research Center, who would like to see that history recognized and celebrated for its uniqueness and past limitations, along with the foundation it provides for the “limitless possibilities of the future.”

News You Can Use

Documenting the African American Experience in Las Vegas

History in the Present Tense

PBS's African Americans: The Las Vegas Experience

Historic Westside History

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