Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Two black Republicans remembered for their fight for civil rights and community service.

Two black Republicans, active in party politics, remembered for their fight for civil rights and community service.

Bob Bailey

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Bob Bailey, Dec. 9, 2009

During a long and colorful lifetime of firsts, Las Vegas’ Bob Bailey wore many hats.

 Among them were crooner with the legendary Count Basie and his orchestra; road manager for his cousin, singer Pearl Bailey; television variety show host; TV weatherman; Las Vegas’ first black disc jockey; nightclub owner; real estate developer; president of an economic development company; and Nevada’s first black presidential appointee to a federal economic agency. But no hat was more significant than the one he wore as a civil rights leader and the first chairman of the Nevada Equal Rights Commission during a period when Las Vegas’ practices were as Jim Crow as those in the Deep South.

Working in harmony with fellow activists Charles Kellar, James McMillan and Dr. Charles West, Bailey was an effective instrument for change.

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Dinah Abrahamson

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Mrs. Dinah Abrahamson, a Crown Heights resident who was active in political circles, passed away early Tuesday. She was 59 and her passing was sudden. Abrahamson's unwavering commitment to Yiddishkeit coupled with her political astuteness made her an inspiration to all who knew her. Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Mrs. Abrahamson's maternal grandparents were German Jewish refugees who settled in the State and raised their family there.

From an early age, Abrahamson dedicated her life to serving others and made it a priority to make a Kiddush Hashem everywhere she went, family friends said. A dedicated member of the Republican party, she was a Nebraska State Central Committee Member and had close ties to Congressman Lee Terry and former Congressman Hal Daub. She also met President George W. Bush.

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Dinah Abrahamson interviewed by Oprah Winfrey

Dinah Abrahamson, a Hasidic Jew living in Brooklyn, New York, says she looks forward to the Shabbos, the Jewish day of rest, throughout the week. Find out why Friday night is a profound time for Dinah and her