First of all I support Millennials. I dedicated my life in the early 90’s to be a voice for young folk especially in the school system when parents and some others were afraid to speak up for themselves. I had no child in the Edgecombe County Public Schools system when I first became active in community and political advocacy but I attended meetings challenging the system. Many folk get involved when it is something in it for them. I got involved to be a voice for others.
Some folk said they hate to see when I had a child in the system. I said I am going to fight even more because I would refuse to allow folk to treat my children any kind of way. Trust me they came for me via my children but I was READY! I had to fight he powers that be but I dealt with them and many times by myself.
My oldest daughter Nashonda Lavette Dancy who changed her last name to Sherrod her mother’s husband last name because they were trying to keep me from seeing her so they moved to Waldorf Maryland Prince George County around 4 hours away. I was involved in her schooling by keeping in touch with her school. I also visited her school. It was there I learned that they had a student as an ex officio member on their school board and I shared that with Edgecombe County Schools. They never did advocate for that.
My youngest daughter India Matita Dancy was in school in New Bern Craven County until 1997. New Bern is around 1 hour 30 minutes away from Pinetops and I was very active in her schooling going down during the day before going to work on 2nd shift in Rocky Mount and taking vacation time when needed. In 1997 India began attending G.W. Carver Elementary School in Pinetops NC and when Curmilus Dancy III (C.J.) began attending G.W. Carver Elementary School around 2004 I was very, very active in their schooling as they attended South Edgecombe Middle School and SouthWest Edgecombe High School.
Although my oldest daughter’s mother accomplished her mission to keep me from my daughter I am proud of her because she went on to college and doing some great things. My youngest daughter went to college and still going and doing great as well. My baby boy just finished Community College with one degree and have a couple of more hours that can receive a 2nd degree.
I remember the days when I used to go to meetings especially the NAACP meetings taking my daughters in the early 90’s. I had a briefcase and I had them some children briefcases that I found at Big Lots.
A lot of folk be it Millennials and/or older folk they read the newspaper, social media and listen to certain folk and think they are woke. But when you see it and hear it for yourself coming from the folk at the table, that makes all the difference.
I know about Edgecombe County Politics, who are actively engaged and who are not.
If you are a Millennial tell me about what makes you woke. Polices and procedures are made at the table. Have you been at the table and/or in the room!
Who have inspired you to get involved?
Have you been to a City Council Meeting?
Have you been to a County Commissioner Meeting?
Have you been to a School Board Meeting?
Do you know who your elected officials are?
Have you been to a Community Meeting?
Have you been to a NAACP Meeting?
What other meetings that I didn’t mention have you gone to?
I am willing to work with folk. The more folk that come out and can show me they are woke the less I have to do.
Note: I keep hearing so much about Millennials and being Woke. I am concerned!