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Audio clip from interview with June and Lewis Whitley, November 2, 2007

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In this clip, June and Lewis Whitley talk about June's involvement with Republican Bob List's campaign for governor, and June being appointed to the Board of Regents.

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June and Lewis Whitley oral history interview, 2007 November 02. OH-01969. [Audio recording] Oral History Research Center, Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las V


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Working in the campaign. Right. So in 1978, she got involved with Bob List, helping him campaign. Bob List was a Republican. Black people shy away from Republicans. But we helped Bob List. We had him in my home. We gave him coffee. But anyway, to make a long story short. when Brenda Mason, the only black on the board of regents, decided she wanted to go back to law school, Governor List called me. He said, "Lewis, the board of regents has an opening. Who are you going to fill it with?" This was his way of paying us back. I said, "Fill it with June." He said, "June? Oh, man, I don't know about this. I'll give you a call back." He called me back again. He said, "Did you come up with another name?" I said "No. You asked me for a name and I told you June Whitley." He said, "Oh, man. Does June have a degree?" June had no degree. Other people were calling him, too. He called me four times that day. That last time he called me, he said, well, Lewis, tomorrow morning I'm going to appoint June to the board of regents. That was in 1979. June was on there for 15 years.