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For the first time in Nevada history, this timeline depicts selected events in the history of African-American lawyers, civil rights, and diversity in Nevada's bar and bench. It includes many historically significant pictures and is part of a special Black History Month issue of the Nevada Lawyer, the official publication of the State Bar of Nevada. That issue highlights the achievements and contributions of African-American lawyers in Nevada in honor of the 51st anniversary of the first African American (Charles L. Kellar) passing the Nevada state bar examination, the 48th anniversary of the first two African Americans admitted to the state bar of Nevada (Earle W. White, Jr., and Robert Reid), the 32nd anniversary of the first two African-American women admitted to the State Bar of Nevada, the 48th anniversary of the 1964 U.S. Civil Rights Act, the 47th anniversary of the Nevada Civil Rights Act, and the 150 year history of African Americans in Nevada (at least since Nevada first became a U.S. Territory). The project that resulted in the publication of this Black History Month issue was a joint venture between the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association and the State Bar of Nevada. Numerous people and institutions contributed their knowledge of Nevada history to this timeline, including Arthur L. Williams, Jr., Kathleen England, Claytee D. White, Justice Michael L. Douglas, Guy Rocha, Joanne Goodwin, Karl Armstrong, and many others who are listed in the introduction to the issue, "About this Special Black History Month Issue."

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Nev. Law., Feb. 2012, at 8.

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Feb 25 2013