News Release: NC NAACP and Partners to Kick-Off the "Truth and Hope Tour" to Put a Face on Poverty in NC



January 18, 2012

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The Truth & Hope Tour of Poverty in North Carolina Kicks Off 

on Thursday, January 19

WHAT: The Truth & Hope Tour of Poverty in North Carolina
WHEN: Thursday, January 19 – Friday, January 20
WHO: The North Carolina NAACP, NC Justice Center, and UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity and the Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change at North Carolina Central University
WHERE: Washington, Roper, Elizabeth City, Winton, Scotland Neck, Rocky Mount

RALEIGH (January 18, 2012) – On Thursday, January 19, the North Carolina NAACP, NC Justice Center, UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity and the Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change at North Carolina Central University will kick off the first leg of the "Truth and Hope Tour of Poverty in North Carolina," a state-wide tour of rural counties and inner city neighborhoods where North Carolinians struggle to find work, decent housing, transportation, and sufficient food for their families.

Departing from Raleigh on Jan. 19, a bus full of activists, reporters, foundation leaders, and scholars will travel through the northeast quadrant of the state, engaging in town hall meetings, sessions with local leaders, and tours of neighborhoods directly affected by poverty.

"If we see the faces of poverty, maybe then we will have as a state the moral motivation to do the long, hard, necessary and righteous work of turning this reality around for the good of the whole of our state and nation." said Rev. Dr. William Barber II, chair of the NC State NAACP.

A video trailer of the tour, which contains footage from listening sessions, is available online. Click here to view the video.

"We mean, through this modest effort, to illuminate and highlight barriers to opportunity in North Carolina, these moral and social transgressions that hold us all back," said Gene Nichol, director of the UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity. "We want to do so not simply through data, and statistics, and documents and reports – but through the words and voices and protestations and hopes of those most directly affected."

Communities of color have been hit particular hard by the economic crisis. Organizers say the tour is a way to listen as well as a means to highlight the concerns of North Carolinians most affected by poverty and economic injustice.

"We want a North Carolina with real opportunity and prosperity for all," said Melinda Lawrence, executive director of the NC Justice Center. "To get there, we have to remember those places hit hardest by the recession – and do the hard work necessary to bring opportunity to the places it is most needed."

The tour schedule:


9:30 a.m. – BEAUFORT COUNTY. Metropolitan AME Zion Church, 102 W. Martin Luther King Jr., Drive, Washington, NC 27889 

12:00 p.m. – WASHINGTON COUNTY. Eastern NC & VA Headquarters Building, 111 June Street Roper, NC 27970 

6:30 p.m. – PASQUOTANK COUNTY. Elizabeth City State University, K.E. White Graduate Center (Room 130), 1704 Weeksville Road, Elizabeth City, NC 27909   


8:30 a.m. – HERTFORD COUNTY. "Old" C.S. Brown High School, Cafeteria, 101 C.S. Brown Drive, Winton, NC 27986

1:00 p.m. – HALIFAX COUNTY. Brawley High School, E. 16th Street, Scotland Neck, NC 27874   

4:30 p.m. – EDGECOMBE COUNTY. Rocky Mount OIC, Auditorium, 402 E. Virginia Street, Rocky Mount, NC 27801


Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

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A STAR IS BORN by William Reed Columnist


"We are happy to announce the arrival of our beautiful daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, born Saturday, January 7, 2012.  We are in heaven. She was delivered naturally at a healthy 7 lbs and it was the best experience of our lives…We are thankful to everyone for your prayers, well wishes, love and support.” – Beyoncé & Jay-Z.

Her daddy is rich and her mommy is good looking. Blue Ivy Carter’s arrival was the most anticipated celebrity birth of the new decade. Jay-Z and Beyoncé called their daughter’s birth "the best experience of both of our lives." The proud parents are Beyoncé Giselle Knowles often known simply as Beyoncé and Shawn Corey Carter better known by his stage name Jay-Z.

The superstars caused a different sort of “birthing pain” at New York City’s Lenox Hill Hospital during Blue Ivy’s arrival. Reports are that the couple paid $1.3 million to rent and redecorate a wing of the Manhattan hospital into a space which could easily be mistaken for the penthouse in a five-star hotel. The power couple had workers tear 6 to 8 rooms down and build a private labor and delivery suite that had bulletproof, tinted glass and burly bodyguards to welcome the diva daughter.

The birthing event was a lavish affair. And, forward “Baby Blue” will have every opportunity the world has to offer. As of 2010, Blue’s 30-year-old mommy was worth more than $400 million.  But, because she was busy having Blue, Beyoncé’s 2011 earnings were $35 million, down from $87 million in 2010.

Baby Daddy, Shawn Corey Carter’s net-worth exceeds half a billion dollars. Rapper, record producer and entrepreneur, the 42-year-old Jay-Z is one of the nation’s most financially successful hip hop artists. He has sold 50 million albums worldwide and received 13 Grammy Awards for his musical work. Actually, Jay-Z is consistently ranked as one of the greatest rappers of all time. Two of his albums, Reasonable Doubt (1996) and The Blueprint (2001) are considered landmarks in the genre with both of them being ranked in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

A role model if there ever was one. Originally from Marcy Houses, a housing project in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, Jay-Z now owns, or co-owns, the New York City 40/40 Club, just west of Broadway; one in Atlantic City; and a third in The Palazzo in Las Vegas. Jay-Z is part-owner of the NBA’s New Jersey Nets and is also the creator of the Rocawear design line. He is the former CEO of Def Jam Recordings, one of the three founders of Roc-A-Fella Records, and the founder of Roc Nation. Roc-A-Fella also distributes Armadale, Scottish vodka. As an artist, he holds the record for most number one albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 200 with 12. Jay-Z also has had four number one records on the Billboard Hot 100, one as lead artist.  "Glory," the track Jay-Z released two days after Blue Ivy’s birth has debuted at number 74 on Billboard’s chart of the top 100 R&B/Hip-Hop songs in the country.

As of April 2008, Jay-Z’s wife is Beyoncé, an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she began performing at age seven, winning upwards of 30 local competitions for her dancing and vocal abilities. She rose to fame in the late 1990s as the lead singer of the R&B girl group Destiny’s Child, one of the world’s best-selling girl groups of all time.

Mommy represents a good work ethic for Blue too. According to Forbes, in 2010 Beyoncé earned $87 million, as follows: Touring and Merchandise: $14 million; Films: $5 million; Fashion: $15 million; Music publishing: $8 million; Endorsements: $20 million; and Tour Sponsors: $4 million. In addition to her singing career, Beyoncé has income in fashion and film. One of the hardest working women in show business, Beyoncé continued to perform live as her pregnancy progressed and gave concerts through November 2011.

(William Reed is publisher of Who’s Who in Black Corporate America and available for speaking/seminar projects via

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REPARATIONS Conversation I Don’t Give A Damn About Your Opinion

Note: This is in response to a post by Jeff Savage on Facebook and the comments that were posted.

I agree with all of the above however this also applies to everyday working folks. Money is abused by folks from all walks of life so to think that some will not blow it is just ignant.

If I could say one word I would say give me my damn money and if I blow it it will still go back into the economy so therefore it is not a total waste.

I just love this half white thingy. Damn all of my life I have been told that if you had any black in you, you were black. Hell my great granddad was a white man.

Oh well, the problem with this is and always will be is there will be some who want to make it happen, some who don’t want to make it happen, some who want to control how one spends the monies if awarded and some who don’t give a damn and just want them to show them the money.

Well hell some folks and I speak for older folks who are getting older by the day, hell they have gone so long without the luxury of what others have enjoyed all of their life, fine homes, cars, jewelry and other so they just want to live the good life in the last days.

And one last thing, Education. Everyone don’t want to be educated so therefore those folks will definitely loose out. Hell if the system had not been set up for black folks not to be educated just maybe we would not be having this discussion today.


I am not going to debate anyone on REPARATIONS because I have my opinion and you have yours and frankly I don’t give a damn about yours.

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Homegoing for Carter Ray Suggs Former Track Star Tarboro High School

My condolences goes out to the family of the late Carter Ray Suggs Princeville NC.

A co-worker just asked me about a guy from Tarboro that was a track star and I said it had to be Carter Ray. I used to pass Carter Ray on 64 every morning nearly as we were on our way to work. I thought he worked in Rocky Mount until I learned today that he worked in Enfield Halifax County.

Carter Ray loved children and I remember him coming to Pinetops several years ago for 2 summers on Saturday mornings to help with Dr. William “Billy” Taylor to run a Saturday morning flag football program. We also went on 2 trips to a HBCU to take the children to give them some exposure to the college campus.

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