"Black Family Day 2011" in Tarboro, NC

Blessed Family!

Make a mental note "Black Family Day 2011" in Tarboro, NC. September 3rd from 11:00- 7:00pm. Lots of vendors, food, live music and a reggae sound system DJ. Family fun village for children with a special appearance from the Black Cowboys! For more info contact Remi @ 252-467-7153 and blackfamilyday2011@gmail.com. Visit “Black Family Day 2011” on Facebook.

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Postponed: HKonJ People’s Coaltion Retreat POSTPONED

Area braces for Irene’s impact – Source: The Rocky Mount Telegram

Officials have spent this week preparing for Hurricane Irene and, urging residents to do the same.

“Right now, we are probably at a low-level alert in preparation of the storm,” Rocky Mount City Manager Charles Penny said. “If the predictions hold true, we think we are going to be ok, but you can’t count on that. No one can really predict these storms, and we have to prepare for the worst.” (Read more)

Tarboro NC – Breaking News: Adelphos John (Del) Burns former Wake County Superintendent Was Appointed Consultant and Interim Superintendent of Edgecombe County Public Schools Beginning October 1, 2011

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Please note that there was an error in the press release regarding the
naming of our interim superintendent. It was announced at the board
meeting held tonight (Wednesday) Aug. 24, in the release I said it was
announced Monday, Aug. 24. I apologize for the typo. Thanks!

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Note: Updated 8/24/11 20:50.

Repost – Breaking News: Tarboro NC – Today Edgecombe County Public Schools To Hold Yet Another Closed Session Meeting On Wednesday, August 24 7:00 PM – Source: ECPS Website

Board to meet in Special Meeting Wednesday, Aug. 24 The Edgecombe County Board of Education will meet in a Special Meeting Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Central Office Board Room in closed session to discuss the search for an interim superintendent and other personnel matters.

Note: Atleast this time they are mentioning that they will discus the search for an interim superintendent. The last closed session was held at Edgecombe Community College about 2 weeks ago. I attended the closed session meeting because I thought they were going to name an interim superintendent. It was so funny because when I arrived at the college the couple of people who were getting off work didn’t know it was going to be a meeting there. School was out so there were no classes and I only seen 3 people, 2 administrators and 1 facilities manager person.

I was the only person who attended the closed session along with Ann Kent Chair, Johnathan Bloomberg the board attorney, Dr. Evelyn Johnson, Evelyn Wilson Vice Chair, Janice Davidson and Faye Taylor. Keith Pittman was not present because his brother in law had died. Attorney Teresa D. Bryant was out of town on vacation. There were a couple of other people who attended and was allowed to go into closed session however I will not discuss that at this time.

I thought it was right interesting neither paper showed up. I have found it right interesting that since I advertised the meeting that I have not had one person to ask me about what happened at the meeting. Well maybe because I didn’t do a follow up story about the meeting, no video and no comments. There was a reason. I have not heard anyone talk about the meeting.

I attended the meeting without knowing what was going to take place in closed session since the announcement only stated they were meeting to discuss personnel matters. I thought with the rumors on the street that the board would appoint Dr. Lana VanderLinden as the interim superintendent and we would go home. Well I was way off base and I ended up staying there about 2 hours. Evidently I was wrong because there has not been any information communicated from the board about what actually took place in the meeting however mind you I was there and although I could not go into closed session, I am not ignorant to the fact of what was going on.

I have been told that a school system could not go on without a superintendent so therefore I guess they will name an interim superintendent on Wednesday night so that the school year will begin with an interim superintendent.

Okay now back to a previous post from yesterday when I talked about my concerns about closed session meetings. Atleast the Wednesday meeting you know they will be discussing an interim superintendent and when they come out of closed session they should say something about what took place such as interviewed candidates or whatever and the vote should be made known in open session. The other personnel matters ie: transfers, retirees, resignations and etc. I asked for that information after the closed session meetings years ago so I used to get that list after the closed session but now it is posted on the website the next day. That is good because now everyone can see it especially those who do not know about The DCN News Blog.

If you visit the ECPS website you will see that there is an announcement that read: Board of Education Appeals Committee to meet Monday, Aug. 22 The Edgecombe County Board of Education Appeals Committee will meet Monday, August 22, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. in the Central Services Office Boardroom #3 to hear 2 student transfer appeals. Well this is a closed meeting as well because this is confidential information just like personnel issues.

Oh well time to gear up for a new school year so who will be the interim superintendent?

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Knight encourages bus safety measures – Source: The Daily Southerner

TARBORO — Every day millions of students use school buses as transportation to and from school.

Although school buses represent the safest form of highway transportation, there are a number of safety factors of which both student and drivers should be aware. (Read more)

Missing meeting tapes returned to Princeville – Source: The Daily Southerner

PRINCEVILLE — Toward the end of an otherwise routine regularly scheduled meeting of the Princeville Board of Commissioners meeting, Town Manager Victor Marrow dropped a bombshell.

Marrow announced that “the missing audio tapes” from the years 2004-2006 had been tuned over to him by former town attorney Anthony Flanagan on Thursday, Aug.18. (Read more)

Maxine Waters to tea party: Go to Hell – Source: The Washington Post

Rep. Maxine Waters has four words for the tea party: Go straight to Hell.

At a community summit on Saturday, the California Democrat, who has been increasingly critical of President Obama, as well, had tough words for the other side. (Read more)


Obama’s Black Backlash – Source: The Daily Beast

With a stinging budget defeat behind them and unemployment in the black community soaring to 16 percent, members of the Congressional Black Caucus say they’re done waiting for Barack Obama to fight their battles for them.

Instead, the 43 African-American lawmakers say they’re taking matters into their own hands and will carry the fight to Tea Party Republicans, whom they blame for Obama’s latest lurch to the right. (Read more)


JUSTICE FOR BLACK FARMERS by William Reed Columnist

My hope is that the farmers and their families who were denied access to USDA loans and programs will be made whole and will have the chance to rebuild their lives and their businesses – Barack Obama

It’s time President Barack Obama paid up on Pigford.

Pigford represents a landmark case of racial discrimination in America and illustrates how government leaders have, and continue to use a plethora of tricks to avoid paying Blacks their just due for wrongs do for wrongs committed against them in America. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been the bane of American racism and held the reputation of “The Last Plantation” for decades. Twelve years after the USDA agreed to settle the discrimination illustrated in the Pigford case, the money promised remains unpaid.

Pigford is proof positive of institutional racism in America. Occasionally patterns of racism are scheduled for righting. In 1999 federal courts ruled that the USDA engaged in racist practices by denying financial help to economically distressed Black farmers. North Carolina farmer Timothy Pigford, along with hundreds of other Black farmers, won their class-action discrimination lawsuit against then-Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman when Pigford v. Glickman discovered that between 1981 and 1996 “minorities received less than their fair share of USDA funds for crops and disaster payments and loans. The case was settled out of court and about 15,000 farmers were paid a total in excess of $900 million. But Pigford continued with tens of thousands of claimants who filed claims after the settlement deadline. Now many in Congress and the federal government seek to deny these farmers their due.

Payment for Pigford is mocked by many. Flooding damage to mid-western farms along the Missouri River provided Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Steve King (R-Iowa) a press audience. Reporters asked them if their calls for drastic cuts in federal spending would mean less money for emergency aid to help beleaguered farmers. King responded that there would be more money for the mostly White farmers if the government was not paying so much to settle cases involving racial discrimination against Black farmers. Presidential candidate Bachmann joined King in saying that the mid-western farmers deserved the money and charged that a large percentage of the USDA settlement consisted of "fraudulent claims". "King said "I’d like to apply that money to the people that are under water right now” and characterized the Black farmers’ suit as “modern-day reparations.”

Despite having won the largest civil rights discrimination settlement in history, Black farmers are still struggling to get paid. Flagrant discrimination has dominated Black lives on farms in America. Although the U.S. government never followed through on its promise of “40 acres and a mule” to freed slaves, and in spite of systematic processes and programs to stymie their efforts African-Americans were able to establish a foothold in Southern agriculture. Black land ownership peaked in 1910, when 218,000 African-American farmers had ownership stakes in 15 million acres of land. But, through the machinations of southern bureaucrats and the USDA, by 1992 Black ownership numbers had dwindled to 2.3 million acres held by 18,000 farmers. The problem is the number of Black farmers that have been forced off their land. In 1920, one of out seven U.S. farms was Black-owned and operated; but by 1992 Black farmers operated just one of every 100 farms.

Pigford shows America’s legacy of slavery, segregation and Jim Crow. Black farmers have been done a series of injustices and those who have lost family land and legacies shouldn’t be slandered as bums looking for a handout. The Pigford settlement was not reverse racism, or for undeserving people trying to pull some scam on the government. It was the end result of a thorough legal process “to make them whole.”

Many African Americans are owed “a debt” of reparations. But for Black farmers the USDA was an agency that never played fair with them. The USDA caused generations of Black farmers enormous economic hardships; now viable steps toward funding Pigford and Black farmers’ claims are in order.

(William Reed is available for speaking/seminar projects via BaileyGroup.org)

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Homegoing for Hardy “Penny” Matthews

My condolence goes out to classmate Phyllis Matthews Braswell & family on the loss of your love one (father) Hardy Penny Matthews.

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

Song: The Storm Is Over Now – Kirk Franklin

The Obituary

Viewing – Friday August 26 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM Hunter Odom Funeral Home Rocky Mount NC

Homegoing – Saturday August 27 1:00 PM Crisp Chapel Crisp NC

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Note: Updated 8/26/11

Homegoing Minister Shelton Keyes

My condolence goes out to my niece Latrice Keyes & family on the loss of your love one Minister Shelton Keyes.

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

Song: He Has His Hands On You – Marvin Sapp

The ObituaryServices will be held Sunday August 28, 2011 1:30 PM.

Note: Updated: 8/27/11 10:27 AM.

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Media Alert – Edgecombe County Public Schools and earthquake


Re: Edgecombe County Public Schools and earthquake


North Carolina experienced tremors this afternoon from a 5.9 earthquake which started in Virginia at approximately 1:55 p.m. and was felt as far as Ohio. Students and staff, along with other Edgecombe County citizens felt the effects of the earthquake at or around 1:57 p.m. Several schools in the district were conducting Open Houses for their parents, staff and students at the time of the quake.

All schools in the district were contacted and there are no reports of any damages found in the structures of the buildings. Principals have been advised to walk through their school to check for gas leaks, water leaks, and any electrical problems that may have been caused by the after shock.
Dr. Wayne Talley, superintendent of ECPS, contacted Butch Beach, director of Emergency Services with Edgecombe County and Edgecombe County Sheriff James Knight, to ensure that no evacuations or other actions had been taken by other businesses and locations in the area. Since there was no damage reported to the school buildings, the Open Houses that were currently in session continued.

Lauren H. Edmondson

(252) 641-2654
Communications Specialist
Edgecombe County Public Schools
412 Pearl Street
Tarboro, NC 27886
(252) 641-2600