The Mississippi of the West: Civil Rights in Las Vegas

Lecture Description

While stars like Sammy Davis, Jr., and Lena Horne performed in Las Vegas showrooms, they usually couldn’t even stay at the hotel where they were appearing. Las Vegas became known as “The Mississippi of the West” for its segregation, in the community and on the Strip. This lecture examines how Las Vegas became that way, and began to change during the civil rights movement.

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Civil Rights West

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