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Transcript of interview with Trish Geran by Claytee D. White, April 14, 2015







Trish Geran is too busy to pigeonhole herself into one role. The activist, author, daughter, engineer, filmmaker, public speaker, and student was born and raised in Las Vegas’s Westside community as the fifth and youngest child of Hazel and Johnus Geran. She and her sister attended Catholic elementary school and Bishop Gorman High School, and her brothers went to Madison Elementary School, Roy W. Martin Junior High School, and Las Vegas High School. In this interview Trish discusses the feelings of not belonging that shaped her world view: she was different from her white, wealthy schoolmates, and as a private school student she was different from her neighbors. She found balance through excelling in sports, drill team, and academics. After graduating from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and cashing in an IRA to work on Barak Obama’s presidential campaign, Trish found out from her mother that the City of Las Vegas was going to close F Street, main link between the Westside

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Trish Gerna oral history interview, 2015 April 14. OH-01990. [Transcript] Oral History Research Center, Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.


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