As part of Black History month, 8 News NOW has shined the light on some of Nevada's black trailblazers. They've held jobs in everything from entertainment to law and business.
In this story, you will see a familiar face.
Most people are used to seeing Clark County Comissioner Lawrence Weekly advocating for business, foster care or youth and education.
He was the first African-American to chair the prestigious Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board.
"The board deals with all of our room tax so we deal with a couple billion dollars a year," Weekly said.
He also works with six of the most powerful agencies in Nevada including University Medical Center where his story really began.
"I'm the chairman of the hospital I was left at, I was abandoned. You can't make this stuff up."
In his words, he was born in a bowl of lemons, but refused to remain bitter and used his past to give birth to his future.
"Every opportunity I get, I say look, I don't come from much, what I have I'm grateful, I'm not where I used to be, I'm not where I can be, thank goodness I have an opportunity to do something," Weekly said.
He was also the first in his family to graduate from college with a degree.
The stories highlighting local African-Americans all lead up to the special "America's Untold Journey" which airs on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 9 p.m on channel 8.
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