Abandoned as a baby, Las Vegas man makes his mark in politics

By Sharie Johnson | sjohnson@8newsnow.com, Bill Roe

Published 02/11 2016 03:10PM

Updated 02/11 2016 08:38PM

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.

Special Section: America's Untold Journey

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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