All the way up until the beginning of the 1970s, Las Vegas was referred to as the "Mississippi of the West". Laws as to where they can live restricted blacks and other minorities. Based on race, minority access to the Las Vegas Strip and Fremont Street businesses was denied.
Dr. James B. McMillan was the first black dentist in Nevada and the president of the local NAACP branch in the 1960s.
Through the determined efforts of Dr. James B. McMillan and other local civil rights activists such as David Hoggard, Woodrow Wilson, Lubertha Johnson, Dr. Charles I. West, Bob Bailey, Alice Key; black citizens started to gain access to places they were previously denied.
Dr. James B. McMillan resided in Las Vegas, Nevada from 1955 to 1999.