man000959. Roosevelt Fitzgerald Professional Papers, 1890-1996. MS-01082. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada. http://n2t.net/ark:/62930/d1rj4d85p
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CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT
THIS CONTRACT, made and entered into this 11th day of August, 196 5 , between the Board of Trustees of the Greenwood Municipal Separate School District, Greenwood, Mississippi as party of the first part; and .
Roosevelt Fitzgeraldas party of the second part.
WITNESSETH: The party of the second part has been duly selected and approved in the manner provided in House Bill Number 11, Extraordinary Session of Mississippi Legislature in 1953, for the position of Teacher__________
in the Greenwood City Schools of the Greenwood Municipal Separate School of Greenwood, Mississippi, for the scholastic year of 1965-66.
The party of the first part is required by said House Bill Number 11, Extraordinary Session of Mississippi Legislature of 1953, to enter into a contract with Roosevelt Fitzgerald evidencing the terms, conditions and provisions of employment^
For the mutual considerations hereinafter expressed, it is hereby agreed and stipulated as follows:
That the party of the second part is hereby employed as Teacherof the Greenwood City Schools of the Greenwood Municipal Separate School District of Greenwood, Mississippi, for the scholastic year of 1965-66, the length of the school term being
9 1/2 months.
That the party of the second part hereby accepts such employment and obligates himself to perform such duties as are required by law or by the Board of Trustees of the Greenwood Municipal Separate School District, and to perform his duties in a satisfactory manner and in accordance with the policies, rules, and regulations of the State Board of Education and the Board of Trustees of the Greenwood Municipal Separate School District and that, during the active term of this contract, he/she will not engage in remunerative enterprises without the approval of the party of the first part.
In all respects, this contract shall be Subject to all the applicable provisions of House Bill Number 11, of Extraordinary Session, Mississippi Legislature of 1953, and any and all other applicable statutes, and all such provisions are hereby incorporated as a part of this contract by expressed reference thereto. Said House Bill Number 11 provides that the specific salary is contingent upon the availability and receipt of the amount of funds and may vary as the funds received for the purpose of paying salaries may be increased or decreased.
That the total annual salary to be paid to the party of the second
part for services during each scholastic year shall be $ 4, 000,00and is based upon the fact that the party of the second part does now or will hold at the beginning of the school session a certificate of Aquality
and 2_________years’ experience. The following amounts shall be paid
from each of the indicated funds:
H_____ from the minimum education fund
$from the maintenance fund of the Greenwood Municipal Separate School District
The indicated salary shall be paid in installments in conformity with the statutes of the State of Mississippi and the local school board policies.
It is expressly understood that the party of the first part will not accept the resignation of the party of the second part, except when tendered at the request of the party of the first part, or for one of the following reasons:
Loss of health of party of the second part.
Death that would make changes necessitating a resignation of party of second part.
A reason satisfactory to party of the first part that would appear to make a resignation imperative.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF: The parties have hereunto set their hands in duplicate on the day and year hereinbefore written.
Signature of party of second part
Superintendent of Schools
Representing the party of the first part
Roosevelt Fitzgerald Department of Anthropology/Ethnic Studies
Uni vers igy of Nevada Las Vegas
January 20, 1988 4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, Nevada 89154 (702) 739-3590
Holy Family High School, Natchez, Mississippi1.................1959
Xavier University, New Orleans, Louisiana.......................................................I960
Jackson State College, Jackson, Mississippi, B.S................1963
University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, M.A.DU..................1968
University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, Ph.D. Incomplete.1963-1970
Awards And Recognitions:
Class President, four years of high school, 1955-1959
Valedictorian, Holy Family High School, 1959
Academic Scholarship, Jackson State College, 1960-1963
President of Student Body, Jackson State College, 1961-1962
President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Jackson State College, 1963
President of Senior Class, Jackson State College, 1963
Who's Who in American Colleges and University!es, 1962
Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, 1963
NDEA Summer Institute Scholarship Recipient, 1965
Experienced Teacher Fellowship Recipient to Notre Dame University, 1967
William Randolph Hearst Scholarship, University of Notre Dame, 1968
Notre Dame University Fellowship, 1969
Who's Who in Education National Honorary Society, 1971
Who's Who in Black America 1976 'G
Numerous Awards and citations from civic, business, educational, social groups
Chairman, Anthropology/Ethnic Studies Department, UNLV.
Lecturer and- Director of Ethnic Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Associate Professor and Director of Ethnic Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas .
Lecturer and Director of Ethnic Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Human Relations Specialist, Clark County School District, Las Vegas, Nevada
Urbanization of Rural Yough Program, Xavier University, New Orleans, Louisiana and Chicago, Illinois
High school teacher and chairman of Social Science Department, Broad Street High School, Greenwood, Mississippi
1958-1967 Voter Registration, throughout state of Mississippi
Professional Organizations and Service:
National Social Science Association
Western Social Science Association
Nevada Historical Society
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Educational Task Force 1976-1982
Alliance of Black Professionals, Chairman of Recognition Committee 1984-86
National Task Force de la Raza, 1971-1979
National Alliance of Black Educators
Feature Editor, Las Vegas Sentinel Newspaper, 1980-1982
1971-1974 Ethnic Studies Council, Chairman
1975 Academic Standards Sub-Committee
1976 Chairman, Search Committee for Ethnic Studies Faculty
1971- Chairman, Ethnic Studies Film Committee
1876 Financial Aids Committee
1974- Director, Ethnic Studies Minor Program
1980 Anthropology/Ethnic Studies Department Personnel Committee
1983-1985 Anthropology Department Film Committee
1983-1984 Financial Aids Committee
1983-1984 University Appeals/Grievance Sub-Committee
Arts and Letters Ethnic Affairs Committee
Member, Internal Evaluation of Social Work Program
1988 Chairman, Anthropology/Ethnic Studies Budget Committee
Chairman, Anthropology/Ethnic Studies Department
Member of Executive Committee, College of Arts and Letters
Member of CFAR
Review of God Is Red, by Vine Deloria, Jr. Nevada Historical^ GuarterlM Fall.
"Assuming the Burden: Economic Development of the Black Community,®' Born Again, short published comments Spring.
"Who Is Jhe Black American Jfe.' Minorities: Their Plight In America, short published comment, Fal!■
"Blacks In World History,Thirty articles which appeared throughout the year in The Las Vegas Voice Newspaper.
"BlacW In l?as Vegas' Diamond Jubilee," The Nevadan, Spring.
"Blacl^ arrd The Boulder Dam Project]! Nevada Historical Quarterly Summer^
"Blacks In Las Vegas,'tafifty articles which appeared throughout the year in The Las Vegas Sentinel Newspaper.
"Blacks In Las Vegas," fifty articles which appeared throughout the WeaMin The Las Vegas Sentinel Newspaper!
1987 Review of Beyond Busing: Inside The Chai 1enge To Urban Segregation, by Paul Di mondi’ Journal of Comparative Family Studies, Autumn^
"The Impact of the Hoover Dam Project on Race Relations in Southern NevadaDDsocial Science Perspectives Journal, (1987)■ 1 ,Jno. 5, 21-35.
"The Demographic.( Impact of Basic Magnesium Corporation on Southern Nevada/8* Nevada Public Affairs Reviews 1988),HNo. 2, 29-357
"The Evolution of a Black Community in Las Vegas: 1905-1940."
Nevada Public Affai rs Review (1988)d NoR2, 23-28
-|Impact of Stereotypes of Mexican Americans Created by Selected Silms: 1920s-1960s.|i Social Science Perspectives Journal, (1988),
"Blacks In Las Vegas," fifty articles which appeared throughout the year i’n The Las Vegas Sentinel Newspapers
Professional Papers Presented:
With Ralph Ellison (author of Invisible Man) and Dr. James Silver (author of Mississippi: The Closed Society). "The Portrayal of Blacks in American Literature," Notre Dame University, South Bend, Ind.
With Dr. John Hope Franklin, "The Representation of Blacks in U.S. History Textbooks." Notre Dame University, South Bend, Indiana.
"Social Science and the High School Curriculum." Midwest Conference of Teachers of the Social Sciences, Notre Dame University, South Bend.
"Thomas Jefferson and the Negro." Forum on Black History, Notre Dame University, South Bend, Indiana.
"Theodore Roosevelt and the Negro." Forum on Black History, Notre Dame University, South Bend, Indiana.
"Woodrow Wilson and the Negro." Forum on Black History, Notre Dame University, South Bend, Indiana.
1977 "Blacks In Nevada." National Congress For Parks and Recreation, Las Vegas, Nevada.
"An Environmental Impact of the Nevada Test Site on Southern Shoshones and Paiute Indian Groups and Land." Conference of Northwest Conservationists, Seattle, Washington.
"Minority Faculty and Job Security In Predominantly White Universities." Black Affairs Conference, Chico State College, Chico, California.
"Red, White and Black Relationships in the Great Basin: 1825-1925." Great Basin Anthropological Conference, Reno Nevada.
"Some Consequences of the Construction of the Boulder Dam on Southern Nevada." Arid Lands Conference, Western Social Science Association Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
"The Development of Educational Trends and Racist Behavior in Nevada from Territorial Days to the Present." Multi-Cultural Symposium, Las Vegas, Nevada.
"A Demographic Impact of Basic Magnesium on Southern Nevada." Western Social Science Association Conference, Denver, Colorado.
1986 "The Civil Rights Movement and The Movies." Sixth International Conference on Culture and Communication, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
"Historical Implications Among Multicultural Families That Impact on The Family Structure." Fourth Annual Multicultural Conference. Las Vegas, Nevada.
1987 "The Impact of the Hoover Dam Project on Race Relations in Southern Nevada." National Social Science Association Conference, San Francisco, California.
"Plight of Immigrants and Assimilation." Fifth Annual Multicultural Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.
"Impact of Stereotypes of Mexican Americans Created by Selected Films: 1920s-1960s." National Social Science Association Conference, Newport Beach, California.
1989 "Hollywood, Westerns and The Mexican Female." Far West Popular Culture Association and the Far West American Culture Association combined Conferences, Las Vegas, Nevada.
"Impact of the Moulin Rouge Hotel on Race Relations in Southern Nevada." National Social Science Association Conference, Reno, Nevada.
"The Reintegration of Las Vegas." Western Social Science Association Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Other Papers Presented:
The Fourteenth Admendment and Affirmative Action. Southwestern Retional Conference of College and University Personnel Association, Las Vegas, Nevada.
A Humorous Look At Nevada's History. American Academy of Osteopedic Surgeons Conference, Spouse Program, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Impact of The California Gold Rush on Early Nevada History. American Silver Bar Association Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.
A History of Las Vegas. American Academy of Dermatology Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada.
1981 Educational and Employment Opportunities For Servicemen Following Discharcharge from the Military. Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas Nevada.
1980 The Evolution of Racist Philosophy in Las Vegas. Philosophy Colloquia, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Blacks In Las Vegas. Race Awareness Seminar. Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, Nevada.
1973 Institutional Racism. Social Action Commission. Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Other Professional Activities:
1970 Participant, Police Community Relations Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Participant, National Educational Task Force de la Raza, Sacramento, California.
Speaker, Police/Minority Community Relations. Community Relations Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Participant, Multi-Cultural Institute National Conference, San Francisco, California.
With Lt. Gov. Marvin Dymally of California, The Economics of Poverty. National Association of Black Social Workers, Las Vegas, Nevada.
With author Alex Haley, Minorities: Their Plight In America. Las - Vegas, Nevada.
Participant, Western Region of The Council on Black American Affairs, Seattle, Washington.
Participant, Conference on the Future of Black Youth in Education. San Diego, California.
1981 Prepared narrative and photo display for television Channel Three pertaining to 21st anniversary of the opening of the Las Vegas Strip and other casinoes to Black Americans.
Human Relations Retreat, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Race Awareness Workshop, Brian Head, Utah.
Human Relations Workshop, Bullhead City, Arizona.
Race Awareness Workshop, Santa Barbara, California.
Human Relations Retreat, Lee Canyon, Nevada.
Police/Community Relations Workshop, Las Vegas, Nevada.
National Council of Christians and Jews.
Ethnic Studies in the Elementary School, CCSD, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Clark County Economic Opportunity Board.
U.S. Air Force Strategic and Tactical Command Race Relations Seminar, Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Nevada Human Relations Commission, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police
Clark County Library Ethnic Film Grant Committee.
West Las Vegas Federal Credit Union.
Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Page Five, Television Station Channel Five, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Black History Month Activities with Paul Dawkins, Channel Eight, Las Vegas, Nevada.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Department of Energy, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Upward Bound Program, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas Nevada.
Channels Three, Eight, Ten and Thirteen for Black History Month Activities, Las Vegas, Nevada.
1980 Japanese American Citizens League, Folklore Workshop, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Subject presents an average of forty (40) public talks annually--far too many to list. This has been the case over the past dozen years. Partial list of representative groups given below.
Equal Opportunity Board.
Le Femmes Douze.
American Business Wommen Association.
Clark County Schools.
Sertoma Club International.
Kiwanis, Lions, Jaycees.
Insurance Womens of Las Vegas.
Bureau of Land Management.
0. Bureau of Reclamation.
National Parks Service.
Many church groups and temples
Local radio and television stations.
Fraternal and sorority groups.
Small Business Bureau.
City/County cultural and recreational divisions.
Holmes and Narver.
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The Lord Is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the
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IN LOVING MEMORY OF ROOSEVELT FITZGERALD BORN
April 4, 1941 Natchez, Mississippi
October 18,1996 Las Vegas, Nevada
Palm Mortuary Eastern Chapel Friday, October 25, 1996 2:00 P.M.
SPEAKER.Willie Davis, Jr.
SPEAKER.George R. Urioste
SPEAKERJohn J. Swetnam
"The Nurturing" by Roosevelt Fitzgerald
TRIBUTE & ALPHA HYMNBrothers of the Theta Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
Get-together to reminisce about Fitz at 3:30 P.M. at Tropical Gardens, 3808 E. Tropicana Ave. (Corner of Tropicana Ave. and Sandhill Road), Las Vegas, Nevada, 89121
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DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY
7 The first in the history of his family to do so, Roosevelt Fitzgerald
graduated from college in 1963. Born in the small "hill" town of Natchez,
Mississippi in 1941, he was raised by his mother Harriett and his stepfather
Sandy White. Along with five siblings, he received his early education at
Holy Family School where he graduated, Valedictorian of his class, in 1959.
Following high school he attended, for a year, Xavier University of New
Orleans and transferred, in the fall of 1960, to Jackson State, There he
pursued an undergraduate degree in History and Political Science, "Upon his
graduation, he took a position as a Social Studies teacher at Broad Street
School in Greenwood, Mississippi, He remained with that school for four years
where he taught all secondary grade levels.
In 1967, following the death of his mother, he resigned his position in
Greenwood and reentered, on a full-time basis, the University. Having been •
accepted in a Masters Program at Notre Dame University of South Bend, Indiana,
he pursued a M.A. in The History Of The Non-Western World. While working a
full-time job, he carried twelve (12) graduate hours each semester and attended
summer school and completed the work for the degree in August of 1968--just
under one year of entering the program. The following month, in September,
without having planned to do so, he entered a Ph.D. program in United States
History with a specialization in Colonial American History and a minor in The
Ancient Near East. He continued to work full-time and, during his spare time,
taught himself Spanish and French sufficiently to pass the Language Qualifying
Examinations. He finished the course work for the Ph.D. in the Spring of 1970.
The following fall found him in Las T/egas, Nevada where he was Coordinator
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS/4505 MARYLAND PARKWAY/LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 89154/(702) 739-3590
of the Intergroup Education Department with the Clark County School District. He left that position the following year to accept the new position of Director of Ethnic Studies at the University of Nevada Las Vegas where he has remained till this date. It is one of the longest running such programs in the entire United States.
Fitzgerald has been quite active in research in his chosen fields of interest. Combining his efforts as feature editor of a newspaper, freelance writing, short stories, editorials, commentary, professional writing, book reviews and short published comments, he has nearly two hundred published items. He is currently writing a novel--an historical fiction, articles titled: "The Civil Rights Movement and the Movies," "World War II Film Documentaries and Blacks In The Military," "Black Entertainers In Las Vegas: 1940-1960," and "Asian Americans and Hollywood: 1930-1960." He has recently fed published the following: "Stereotypes of Mexicans in Hollywood Films: 1920s-1960s," "The Evolution Of A Black Community In Las Vegas: 1905-1940," "The Demographic Impact of Basic Magnesium Corporation On Southern Nevada," and "Minority Labor Problems And The Boulder Dam Project." He has been informed that his short story "Nurturing" (the title will be changed) has been accepted for publication and will be the opening piece in an upcoming Eldorado Anthology to be published later this year.
Fitzgerald has been nominated for the prestigeous Morris Outstanding Teacher Award at UNLV for three of the past six years and, on April 1, 1988, was elected Chairman of the Anthropology Department at UNLV without himself being an Anthropologist. Fitzgerald becomes the first black person to serve as Chairman of an academic department in the history of the College of Arts and Letters and quite possibly, the first in any department within the entire University of Nevada System.
When not researching, writing, giving talks, being a social activist, teaching and counseling with students, he enjoys travel, survivor camping, playing pool, . watching old movies and keeping in absolute focus his rights as an American.