Director, Oral History Research Center | UNLV Libraries
Claytee D. White is the inaugural director of the Oral History Research Center at UNLV Libraries. In this position, she collects the history of Las Vegas and the surrounding area by gathering memories of events and experiences from long-time residents. A few of many significant projects include the Las Vegas African American Experience, 1 October, Jewish Heritage, Building Las Vegas, Latinx Voices, and the Asian American Pacific Islander oral history projects. Claytee received her Master of Arts degree in history from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and engaged in additional graduate work at the College of William and Mary. She has written several book chapters, journal articles, and presented oral history papers at national conferences from Atlanta to Maui. Her first book proposal has just been accepted by the University of Nevada Press. A native of Ahoskie, North Carolina, Claytee serves on advisory boards of BlackPast.Org, the MOB Museum, Women of Diversity, and Black Mountain Institute.
Overview:The 100 Black Men of America, Inc., established and implemented the Brace B. Godfrey, Jr. African American History Challenge Youth Competition as an innovative, relevant, and exciting way for our mentees to learn about the trials and triumphs of their ancestors. Knowledge is indeed power! As our students learn for themselves the facts about the roles and contributions of their ancestors to the building and growth of America, they will be empowered to reverse the ignorance previously taught and reject any future erroneous teachings. During the Preliminary Rounds, the Junior and Senior Division teams will compete for their chance to advance to the finals.