Claytee D. White

Academic Historian

Claytee D. White is currently the Director of the Oral History Research Center, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is also currently completing her Ph.D. at the College of William and Mary in African American history. White is the author of “African American Women Migrants: A Las Vegas Odyssey,” which appeared in the Publication of the Nevada Women’s History Project and “Eight Dollars a Day and Working in the Shade: An Oral History of African American Migrant Women in the Las Vegas Gaming Industry,” in Quintard Taylor and Shirley Moore, eds., African American Women Confront the West, 1600-2000 (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2003).

William H. “Bob” Bailey (1927–2014)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Dr. William H. “Bob” Bailey, Las Vegas entertainer, entrepreneur, and civil rights activist, was born in Detroit, Michigan, on February 14, 1927, to John and Margaret Bailey. Bailey received a B. A. in Business Law at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, … Read MoreWilliam H. “Bob” Bailey (1927–2014)

Cassandra Quin Butts (1965– )

Cassandra Quin Butt is Deputy White House Counsel to President Barack Obama on issues relating to civil rights, domestic policy, healthcare, and education.  She brought seventeen years of experience in politics and policy to her position.  She is a long-time friend of the President, acting … Read MoreCassandra Quin Butts (1965– )

Ruby Duncan (1932- )

Ruby Duncan Greets Julian Bond as He Arrives in Las Vegas in 1973 (Ruby Duncan) Beginning in the late 1960s, Ruby Duncan led the Welfare Rights Movement in Las Vegas, Nevada.  She and her group, the Nevada Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO), brought the Federal Food … Read MoreRuby Duncan (1932- )

Madam C. J. Walker (1867–1919)

Image Courtesy of A’Lelia Bundles/ Walker Family Collection Madam C.J. Walker was born Sarah Breedlove to former slaves, Owen and Minerva Breedlove in Delta, Louisiana on December 23, 1867.  Breedlove became an orphan at age seven when her parents died.  Three years later, ten-year-old Sarah and … Read MoreMadam C. J. Walker (1867–1919)