Jackie Brantley

Dublin Core

Title

Jackie Brantley

Source

Women in Nevada History: A Legacy Digital Project

Publisher

Women's Research Institute of Nevada (WRIN)

Rights

This resource is available for education and research purposes. This collection is a collaboration and combination of various projects including, but not limited to; the Women in Nevada History: A Legacy Digital Project, the Nevada Women’s Archives, the Las Vegas Women Oral History Project and the Makers: Women in Nevada History Project, a co-production of the Women's Research Institute of Nevada and VegasPBS. The text, images, audio and video in this collection are under copyright by different repositories and may not be reproduced without express written consent of the appropriate entities.

Person Item Type Metadata

Work/Contribution

West Las Vegas Civic Activist

Birth Date

March 15, 1948

Birthplace

Arrival in Las Vegas

1948

Interviewer

Date of Interview

October 27, 1996

Biographical Text

Jackie Brantley, born in Las Vegas following World War II, grew up in the Westside at a time when the predominately black area of the city was at its peak. Her family moved to Las Vegas for better opportunities and Brantley has spent her entire life in Las Vegas. She attended the Westside Elementary School and graduated from Rancho High School. Following her graduation, she began working as a maid, but quit after six months to marry. She then worked for the Clark County School District as a secretary until she gave birth to her son in 1974. Brantley soon took a job at the Desert Inn in publicity. She worked with many of the entertainers that performed at the resort. She also formed a friendship with Alex Haley during this time. In 1978, Brantley left the Desert Inn to take care of her son and aging mother. Brantley returned to the Westside and worked with the Nucleus Associates who were building a shopping center in the area. She also did some modeling work. Later, she went to work for the Department of Motor Vehicles. Brantley’s narrative contains a description of her varied work history, from housekeeping to mid-management public relations. Recognizing value in all types of labor, she believes her first job as a maid instilled a sense of pride in maintaining a clean home. Jackie Brantley still believes that her beloved Westside continues to be the “heart of the city.”

Video Interview

Citation

“Jackie Brantley,” Makers Teaching Modules, accessed July 12, 2024, https://makersteachingmodules.sites.unlv.edu/items/show/2.