Beyond the Glimmering Lights

The Pride and Perseverance of African Americans in Las Vegas

By Trish Geran
(Stephens Press, Hardcover, 9781932173475, 171pp.)

Publication Date: January 2010

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Beyond the Glimmering Lights relates the struggles, pains, and victories of black residents and entertainers during the most racially unjust period in the history of Las Vegas. Told through the eyes of author and native Las Vegan Trish Geran, she narrates her Aunt Magnolia's life and times in Las Vegas, experiences that occurred from 1942 to 1960 and stories passed on by early settlers. While searching in her aunt's garden, Trish discovers the evidence that proves what she constantly heard while growing up in Las Vegas, that black people played a major role in the development of Las Vegas. Trish Geran, writes a historical saga that is part history and part journey of discovery. She describes the race relations in the city, the unfair treatment in the workplace, the indecent housing conditions and how the black residents developed their own community and Strip.
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