selection took place.
In a front page article, the Las Vegas Sentinel-Voice reported the Las Vegas Urban League controversy, as did the Las Vegas Tribune, in its May 8 edition front page.
“The conspiracy leading to the selection of Kevin Hooks – whose name was not on the list and who therefore did not even interview for the process as other candidates were required to do – may have taken place between February 15 and April 4 of this year,” it was reported in the Tribune.
The candidate for that position, Louis Overstreet, appeared on the May 17th segment of BlackPower Action Talk Radio, a show hosted by Ramon Savoy, editor and publisher of the oldest African-American newspaper in Nevada, as well as on the Face The Tribune radio show, hosted by this newspaper’s editor in chief, and shared his side of the story.
The radio show that airs on Las Vegas’ Black radio station, KCEP 88.1, has nothing to do with the Las Vegas Sentinel-Voice, as was reported in this week’s edition of the paper.
“As of last week, the state’s oldest and largest African-American news weekly is no longer allowed inside one of the oldest and largest African-American congregations in the entire state,” the newspaper wrote to the surprise of both members of the community and the congregation.
“In what appears to be an effort to take over the Las Vegas Urban League affiliate by the National Urban League based in New York, a press release was sent out in an email last week announcing the appointment of Kevin Hooks as the new President/CEO. The press release received in the newspaper’s office on April 30 was too late for last week’s publication, but we learned that there is more to it than what the community is being told,” wrote the Las Vegas Tribune.
In this week’s Las Vegas Sentinel-Voice, it was reported that the man at the center of the controversy, Louis Overstreet, has officially filed a complaint against the Urban League for age discrimination.
Ericka Washington wrote special to the Las Vegas Sentinel-Voice:
“Louis Overstreet has officially brought a complaint forward against the Las Vegas Urban League and Herman Lessard, Senior Vice President of Affiliate Services for the National Urban League. Overstreet, 71, cites age discrimination in the 5-page document. Overstreet alleges he was passed over for certification for the position of President and Chief Executive Officer for the local Las Vegas affiliate.”
“I wonder how far people and organizations will go to silence those who do not agree with them, write articles or express opinions they don’t agree with, violating the freedom of opinion granted by the United States’ Constitution,” the founder of the Las Vegas Tribune, Rolando Larraz, told the newspaper in a telephone call.
“Where are the ‘defenders of the Constitution’ when this happens? Where are the so-called mainstream newspapers of this nation?” added Larraz, who is always suffering the consequences of speaking up for those whose voice remains unheard.