Las Vegas Black History

Las Vegas celebrates the legacy of Black history and culture. The contributions that the Black community has made, and continues to make, are just one of the facets that has helped shape Las Vegas into a premier destination.   

“WESTSIDE” STORY: THE HISTORY OF THE WEST LAS VEGAS DISTRICT

Las Vegas’ Historic Westside was more than just an area of town that the Black community would congregate during the days of segregation.  It was a foundation. The beginning of a thriving community whose stories, experiences, legacy and contributions have helped shape, and will continue to shape, the future of Las Vegas and its culture.  

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CELEBRATING THE LEGACY OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY IN LAS VEGAS

With fabulous resorts being built from the 1950s to the 1960s in Las Vegas, the destination was rapidly earning its reputation as the Entertainment Capital of the World. While this boom of development was happening, the country was struggling with racial segregation and experiencing the impact of the Civil Rights Movement.

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SUPPORT BLACK-OWNED RESTAURANTS

Gritz Cafe

Trina Jiles made history as the first Black woman firefighter of Clark County in 1996. She later went on to the open Gritz Cafe in 2008. The restaurant is so beloved for its soul food staples like Chicken & Waffles, Shrimp & Gritz, Georgia-style fried chops and more.

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West Side Oasis

The West Side Oasis is a multi-venue complex situated in Downtown Las Vegas at Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street. As the newest Black-owned bar in Las Vegas, this social lounge offers live entertainment plus signature southern dishes like catfish nuggets and braised collard greens.

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EXPLORE BLACK HISTORY & CULTURE IN LAS VEGAS

 

 

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JUNETEENTH: A CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM

June 19, 1865.

It had been nearly two and a half years since President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring a formal end to slavery in the United States.

 

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LEGACY OF BLACK ENTERTAINERS CONTINUES TO GROW

The names light up the marquees all over the Las Vegas Strip. John Legend. Usher. Silk Sonic. Black entertainers have been synonymous with Las Vegas since the likes of Lena Horne, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald headlined at Strip hotels in the mid-1950s.

 
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THE NATIONAL JUNETEENTH OBSERVANCE FOUNDATION

The National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) is a national foundation, including hundreds of local organizations, that have been instrumental in the passage of Juneteenth Independence Day legislation. NJOF and the National Observation Foundation of Nevada (NJOFNV) are dedicated to promoting the national recognition of Juneteenth Independence Day.

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SUPPORTING BLACK BUSINESSES IN LAS VEGAS

Las Vegas is known for being a place that celebrates individuality — and that extends to the myriad small businesses that call the destination home. If you’re looking to support local entrepreneurs next time you visit, these Black-owned businesses are a great place to start.

 
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