Long time Nevada civil rights leader Onie Cooper will be honored with a “This Is Your Life” presentation at Second Baptist Church on March 8 at 7 p.m.
Organizers are seeking letters recounting experiences from those who have worked with Rev. Cooper. They can be sent to “This is Your Life, Onie Cooper” in care of the church at 1265 Montello St., Reno NV 89512.
Cooper has been a civil rights worker in this area for four decades. He is a past president of the local NAACP and chairs the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Committee for Northern Nevada.
Rev. Cooper broke his pick trying to get a major street in the Truckee Meadows named for Martin Luther King Jr., but local officials were able to keep King’s name off all surface streets. Gov. Robert Miller chastised the local officials, and the state then stepped in and named a portion of U.S. 395 through Reno the Martin Luther King Freeway.