Edgecombe County Public Schools “BRYANT HAS NOT MADE ANY DECISION ABOUT 2012”

It has come to my attention that after reading Mr. Gray’s Letter to the Editor, some members of the public now believe that I have affirmatively decided to run for election in 2012 (because obviously that is the only way the voters will be able to address me). I have received a number of phone calls and messages regarding the same in less than a twenty-four (24) hour period.

I do not want the public to think that I am telling some people one thing and others another with regards to my intention to run. I have not told anyone that I have made a decision to run in 2012.

I provided a public response to Mr. Dancy’s question regarding what my intentions are in 2012 and I personally mailed that response along with a cover letter to all three candidates for appointment to the District 2 seat the week of our last board meeting. That response clearly indicated that I have not made any such decision.

Thanks so much for your continued support.

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NAACP NC – Statement of Principle on Redistricting

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EMBARGOED RELEASE 9:00PM, 20 JULY 2011

Contact: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, 919-394-8137

Mrs. Amina J. Turner, Executive Director, 919-682-4700

Atty. Irv. Joyner, Legal Redress Chair, 919-530-6293

Atty. Jennifer W. Marsh, Legal Redress Coordinator, 919-682-4700

On July 16, 2011 the NC NAACP and the NC Alliance of Black Elected Officials convened a meeting of elected officials, grassroots advocates, and civil rights activists/attorneys to discuss redistricting. During the meeting there was broad consensus around this general statement regarding redistricting. To join in support of this statement please go to hk.nationbuilder.com and sign the petition.

STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLE REGARDING REDISTRICTING

Progress towards addressing North Carolina’s well-documented history of disenfranchising African American voters has been made only by vigorous enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. As leaders, experienced in participatory democracy as candidates, elected officials, advocates and voters we know first hand the impact that redistricting has on the political process.

We stand by the principle that in order to be fair to all North Carolina citizens, a redistricting plan must be drawn to appropriately reflect the diversity of viewpoints, interests and needs throughout the state. Unfortunately, the plans that have been introduced to date fail to reflect this principle. Most alarmingly, black voters are packed into a few districts to minimize their influence. The voting strength of moderate and progressive voters is devalued and diminished, while the voting strength of conservative voters is overrepresented. Women incumbent legislators in the House and Senate are disproportionately paired in districts with other incumbent legislators. Alternative community-driven plans demonstrate that the imbalances are not necessary and they are not legally required by federal or state law.

The 1965 Voting Rights Act was designed to insure that racial minorities had a fair and equal chance to vote and elect representatives of their choice and it outlawed any voting scheme or plan which negatively impacted that vote. Despite the passage of the Act, it was not until 1968 that one African American was elected to the NC General Assembly and not until 1980 that more than four African Americans were elected to the General Assembly at the same time. Additionally, it was not until 1992 that an African American was elected to Congress from North Carolina. This history has resulted in landmark US Supreme Court decisions.

We urge the General Assembly to reverse course and take a least-change approach to redrawing the lines, by preserving the cores of existing districts, keeping voting precincts whole, moving as few voters as is legally required and preserving communities of interest. We are not willing to allow the Voting Rights Act to be a scapegoat for extreme and unfair partisan manipulations.

Dated July 16, 2011

We the undersigned agree with the above statement:

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II

President, NC NAACP

Chair, Civic Engagement/Legislative Committee, National NAACP

The Honorable Eva Clayton

Former Congressman,

1st Congressional District of North Carolina

Amina J. Turner

Executive Director, NC NAACP

The Honorable G.K. Butterfield

Congressman, 1st Congressional District of North Carolina

The Honorable Fred Yates

Mayor, Winfall, NC

Chair, NC Alliance of Black Elected Officials

The Honorable Mel Watt

Congressman,

12th Congressional District of North Carolina

Brad Thompson

Executive Director, NC Alliance of Black Elected Officials

Ray Rogers

District Director, Congressman G.K. Butterfield

Reuben Blackwell

Chair, Community Coordination, NC NAACP

City Council, Rocky Mount

The Honorable Floyd B. McKissick, Jr.

District 20, NC Senate

Chair, NC Legislative Black Caucus

Keith Rivers

District Director, NC NAACP

President, Pasquotank County NAACP

The Honorable Ed Jones

District 4,

NC Senate

Courtney Patterson

District Director, NC NAACP

The Honorable Angela Bryant

District 7, NC House of Representatives

Rev. Curtis E. Gatewood

HKonJ Coalition Coordinator, NC NAACP

The Honorable Jean Farmer-Butterfield

District 24, NC House of Representatives

Sue Perry Cole

Education Chair, NC NAACP

The Honorable Larry Hall

District 29, NC House of Representatives

Atty. Irv Joyner

Legal Redress Chair, NC NAACP

The Honorable Annie Mobley

District 5, NC House of Representatives

Erin Byrd

Political Action Chair, NC NAACP

The Honorable Don Davis

Former State Senator

Oscar McPherson

President, Harnett County NAACP

The Honorable Roger McLean

Mayor, Elizabeth City NC

Bennett Taylor

President, Northampton County NAACP

The Honorable Johnnie Walton

City Council, Elizabeth City NC

Elder D.A. Miller

President, Perquimans County NAACP

The Honorable Tammy Miller-White

County Commissioner, Perquimans County NC

Andre’ Knight

President, Rocky Mount NAACP

City Council, Rocky Mount

The Honorable Ann B. Howell

County Commissioner,

Princeville, NC

Charles Upchurch

President, Wendell-Wake County NAACP

The Honorable Lois Watkins

City Council, Rocky Mount, NC

Perry Baker

Greene County NAACP

Vai Elekana

Sauuda Eshe

Bobby E. Edwards

Northampton County NAACP

Frankie Etheridge

Yanike Gregg

Michelle Giles

Green County NAACP

Dwight Jordan

Jessie Jones

Frank Jones

Wilson County NAACP

Clara Knight

Gwendolyn Knight

Hermenia Moore

Martin County NAACP

Sherba Lanier

Jean Leonard

Genotre Penny-Boom

Rocky Mount NAACP

Vanessa B. McCleay

Allen Mitchell

Georgia Smallwood

Beaufort County NAACP

Melvin Mitchell

Charlotte Mixelle

James Smallwood

Beaufort County NAACP

Harry Payne

Florence W. Pender

Charles Wright

Goldsboro-Wayne County NAACP

Charles Penny

Edith Penny

Shaunee Morgan

Democracy NC

Delia Perkins

Tommy Perry

Larry Allen

Doris Stit

Neva Blackwell

Zebedee Taylor

Julia Brown

Bessie S. Tyson

Luelyn Bullock

Maurice Washington

Dollie Burwell

Judy Weaver

Rebecca Copeland

Marvin Williams

Curmilus Dancy, II

Francine Wimberly

Joyce Dickens

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Homegoing For Kirby Powell of Powell Tradition Gospel Group

My condolence goes out to the Kirby Powell Family and Powell Tradition on the loss of their love one. I seen Powell Tradition one Sunday morning on Spiritual Awakening and they were awesome.

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Script.: Read Eccles. 3 and know, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”

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Edgecombe County Public Schools 3 Reminds Me Of The Princeville Town Council 3, “Racism And/Or Power Struggle”

Rev. Roy Gray Sr. stated in his letter to The Daily Southerner, titled: “Gray, district needs a black” that Edgecombe County Public Schools board members former board chair Evelyn Wilson, Dr. Evelyn Johnson both black and Keith Pittman (white) voted for him and former board vice chair Ann Kent, Janice Davidson and Faye Taylor (white) voted for Thomas Wayne Edison during the appointment. The vote was deadlocked at 2 meetings and that lead Attorney Teresa D. Bryant to rescind her resignation.

I have named Kent, Davidson and Taylor the Edgecombe County Public Schools 3. They remind me of the Princeville Town Council 3 because Commissioners Isabelle Purvis-Andrews, Calvin Sherrod and Mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates almost always votes together at every meeting. Commissioners Ann Howell and Gwendolyn Knight always vote together.

I find it too damn funny that the ECPS 3 would vote for Edison who did a very poor job during the interview process and his main concern was reducing classroom size. So therefore in my opinion I feel strongly that the ECPS 3 want the board to be lily white and they are not concerned about the black children and the issues they face in District 2. Edison couldn’t speak to the issues in District 2 as it relates to the black children so therefore the appointment should have been a no-brainer.

Attorney Teresa D. Bryant is black and was elected by the people. The district is a minority-majority black district and was set up that way to ensure black representation. The make up of the district is 57% black and 8 % non-white so therefore the ECPS 3 in my opinion showed just how racist they are. I say that because they know the history of the district as it relates to why some others and myself requested that a black person be appointed. If this was an election by the people and the people voted in a white person, then so be it but the appointment should have been handed to a black person. Keeping in mind that no white person ran against Bryant who was appointed to replace Dr. Florence A. Armstrong (black) so therefore this is another reason to appoint a black. Bryant ran during the election without any opposition.

If I was a board member and if District 2 was not a minority-majority black district, I would have looked at who ran during the previous election, the numbers and the race of the voters who voted in the previous election and how the candidates responded during the interview process. I will use the same candidates that were seeking the appointment, I would have ranked them in the following order Gray, Robinson and Edison. I have made it known that I am not a fan of Gray however I have stated during the appointment process that I would have had to choose Gray because I would have not allowed it to be personal. I would have voted for him however I would have hoped that Bryant would seek election during the upcoming election in 2012.

I have said over and over again that the ECPS 3 shows how much they care about the children of Edgecombe County and should makes one wonder how much they care about the black children in the county. They don’t want them to have a black voice on the board because they have a 4-3 majority but they wanted it to be a 5-2 majority.

I love it when not only some white folks come to the meetings with their personal agendas but when some black folks with personal agendas as well because I am there always there. My personal agenda is the same holding the board accountable for their actions because I want what is best for all children in the county. Because I attend the meetings regularly and stay to the end when those with the personal agenda comes and leave when their item on the agenda has been brought forth, I can talk about them with no problem be they white or black. I love it when whites and blacks come to the meeting with their agenda knowing that I am there always and they don’t mention their concerns to me but then think I suppose to support their agendas. I don’t roll like that because I don’t give a damn if they are white or black. I have no permanent friends, no permanent enemies only permanent interest.

So there you have it, this is my spill on the Edgecombe County Public Schools (ECPS) 3.

I am Curmilus Butch Dancy II an effective community activist, The Political Agitator and The Watch Dog of the East however I know some others white and black have more names for me but that does not matter because I know who I am and whose I am and I don’t play. Time is too short and there is much work to be done.

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