Jerry Fisher One Of The Co-host On The WHIG TV Morning Show For Monday March 5, 2012 Still Continue To Show His Ignance When It Comes To Rocky Mount Councilman Andre Knight

I work during the day so I miss the morning show however I try to look at it every night. Problem is I can’t call in. The following is my response to the Monday March 5 show. It is clear that Jerry Fisher one of the host and WHIG TV are still trying to unseat Rocky Mount Councilman Andre Knight.

My response to the morning show: Thank you to the lady whom called in to the Morning Show on Monday March 5, 2012 and put Jerry Fisher in his place. It was clear he was pushing former Chief John Manley. This is nothing new that Fisher do not like Councilman Andre Knight and damn a host who trying to say what Knight ought to be doing. He gave an example of Knight talking about the PNC merger and needing help but he has not been on the corner getting the guys off the street selling drugs. Jerry what council woman or man has gotten guys off the street selling drugs? But most of all who in the hell are you to define the role of a city council woman or man? If you want to promote and to talk about the definition of what a city council person should do then you need to promote the real definition and not your own personal belief. And lastly Jerry asked the caller what has Knight done as a councilman? I say go check out his record the minutes and report back here.  I agree you Jerry don’t live in the Ward and I don’t either but I bet I can be more acceptable than you as a white man trying to tell the black community who they ought to support. It is clear you are promoting former Chief Manley and that is who WHIG is supporting too because I know the history of WHIG and Fisher dating back to the Fisher and Bowling talk show days as they made themselves look ignant when Higgs challenged Knight’s residency. Fisher just continue to show his ignance.

Since the show ran out of time with this caller I sure hope others will call in and get Fisher a…. straighten out and let him know that he do not have the respect of black folks in Ward 1 to be able to tell talk about what Knight has done, will do and the same goes for former Chief John Manley.

Hell yeah Jerry Fisher who used to co-host on the WHIG morning show with one of his best buds Mark Bowling former owner of Bowling Funeral Homes who went to jail for having his wife killed. They used to get on WHIG and talk about Andre Knight and other black folks that they didn’t like almost daily up until Bowling and Fisher went out of town on a skiing trip but to have to come back because one of Bowling’s women killed his wife.

Jerry Fisher need to go somewhere and shut the hell up and stop trying to tell black folks that they ought to vote for former Chief Manley just because he do not like Ward 1 Councilman Andre Knight. Fisher and Bowling along with those who think like them have a problem with a black man being outspoken.

See the response on WHIG TV to me trying to say I am slandering Jerry Fisher. Too damn funny. I am not intimidated by white folks who attempt to discredit me.

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Tarboro NC – 2012 College Round-Up Saturday March 10, 2012. Learn More Through An Online Interview With Dianne Valentin, Co-Founder & Executive Director The Black Heritage Museum & Cultural Center, Inc.

Dancy Communications Network College Round-Up Q & A

Question (Q). Will you share briefly a little about what is The Black Heritage Museum & Cultural Center, Inc.

Answer (A). The Black Heritage Museum & Cultural Center, Inc. (BHMACC) is a nonprofit organization with federal 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt status. The BHMACC is being developed (yes, we are still in development) because we understand the need for an independent institution that reflects and supports our rich and diverse history.

Our mission is to document and preserve Black heritage, culture, and scholarship and use it to encourage, empower, and uplift current and future generations through scholarly engagement, art, and artistic expression while cultivating critical thought.  

I developed four cornerstones that we will use to build a strong institution upon.

Education: Because we believe and have historically believed that education is of the highest importance. 

Economic Empowerment: Even though opportunities may have been deferred or denied, we believe in being prepared and trained to take advantage of them. 

Unity: It has historically been the key to our survival and is something it seems that we must relearn

Faith: Without faith we could not, would not have survived all that we have as a people

Do you remember when we started and maintained strong institutions like banks, insurance companies, colleges? Remember Maggie L. Walker who founded the first bank ever founded by a black woman in the U.S. and it still exists, just with another name. It still exists because of unity in the community back then.  She made loans to black businesses, she made loans to students, and she made loans to people to buy houses.

Ms. Walker started the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank in 1903 with $9,430 in deposits gathered from members of the Independent Order of St. Luke, an African-American benevolent society. Consolidated Bank & Trust Co. is the current name of the bank she started. 

Speaking of unity, while many of the largest black-owned banks went under during the Great Depression, Ms. Walker’s bank survived, in part by merging with two smaller, black-owned banks in 1930, when it was renamed Consolidated Bank & Trust.

I know that I haven’t been brief, but I had to give a historic point of reference. I would also like to share our vision with you so that your audience can get a sense of what we are trying to accomplish, and bring to the communities that we serve. We are developing and with everyone’s help will become the type of strong, well rounded institution like we used to have in our culture and within our communities. I am faithfully committed to that. 

As a museum it will engage in the acquisition, exhibition, preservation, and study of works of artistic, scientific, and historic value.

As a cultural center it will engage in social, intellectual, and artistic activities that reflect our impact on society, its growth and development.

As an education center it will elevate and advance discussion on our history and heritage, engage in discourse to advance our cultural, technical, and scientific knowledge through scholarship.

We need an independent place; to document our cultural contributions and accomplishments, to assure an accurate depiction of our participation in this society, while providing a place for scholars and performers to share their knowledge, gifts, and talents with everyone.

We are taking steps to create that independent space. We acknowledge that even the building blocks need rebuilding. Yet, this is where we are beginning. Albeit a virtual beginning, we have to start somewhere.

Folks can visit our website at

Q. How did the College Round-Up become into existence in Edgecombe County?

A. Before 2001, even as a strong family keenly focused on education, with many educators in their family, the Whitehead / Taylor family which is based in Tarboro, had encountered what they noticed to be difficulties with their student family members gaining access to college preparation. 

They correctly assumed that if their student family member was facing obstacles, surely other students who didn’t have anyone advocating for them would be having similar, if not even more difficult problems preparing for and getting into college or university.

In the Whitehead / Taylor family’s spirit of community service they began collaborating to find a vehicle that would best serve students who had be overlooked, marginalized in one way or another, and in some cases discriminated against when it came time to engage in and be guided on using their high school career to prepare for a post-secondary education.

Bob Whitehead began using his networking skills to bring colleges and universities to the table of discussion. He shared with them that there were students out there who just were never given a chance to prepare or be prepared for college. He explained to the colleges that they may need a little remedial assistance in the beginning since they had not been well served by the school systems, and that they may need financial assistance due to the fact that many were from communities that have been systematically marginalized within our economic system.

He challenged the colleges and universities to put their admissions and financial aid capabilities behind their community engagement rhetoric and give these students a chance to get a college education. They were asked to waive their application fees, because many students could not afford to pay twenty-five to one hundred dollars for applications to college over and over again.

Initially several colleges showed up at the Tarboro High School auditorium knowing that they were going to be meeting with students and their families who had faced and were still facing challenges. I commend and applaud those Historically Black Colleges and Universities that came through from the very beginning for the first College Round-Up in 2001!

Q. How many years has the College Round-Up been held in Edgecombe County?

A. This will be the twelfth year that the College Round-Up has been held in Edgecombe County.

Q. Who were the previous speakers for the event?

A. My gosh, I would probably, very unintentionally, leave some folks out. Let me see if I can remember some of them. I hope anyone not named forgives me this senior moment. Clifton Davis, Judge Glenda Hatchett, Uniqua Wade, Kaiem Frink, (both Uniqua and Kaiem came through the College Round-Up program), Kwame Brown, I think Willie Gilchrist, Arjun Makhijani, Kim Coles, and this year Judge Betty Staton and Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield (who has been a previous keynote) will join us.    

Q. What is the purpose of the College Round-Up Day in Edgecombe County?

A. The bottom line purpose is to bring students and their families to a place where they can meet with colleges and universities that have a sensitivity to some of the issues and barriers that have faced marginalized, poor and minority students over the years. Students who don’t historically fall into those categories attend and benefit from it as well.

Q. How has the participation been over the years?

A. It started with about eighty people and then grew to about two hundred while it was being held at Tarboro High School. By the time we moved it to Edgecombe Community College it had grown to about eight hundred and now between fifteen hundred and two thousand people come to the College Round-Up.

Q. Is the College Round-Up Day limited to Edgecombe County students and/or a certain age group?

A. By no means do we limit access to anyone who wishes to attend. There are students from all over North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C who attend the College Round-Up. One year we even had students from New Orleans, Colorado and California.

Students who are Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors in high school attend the College Round-Up to become familiar with the schools and attend the break-out sessions, which are always really informative. They find it helpful to hear from the colleges and universities firsthand what type of courses they should be taking during their high school careers to be successful during their college careers.  And of course high school Seniors attend to focus directly on getting accepted into college.

We even have some middle school students who have been in attendance as sort of a field trip to see what happens in that type of setting, to see what they have to look forward to and work toward.

Older college age students have attended so that they can speak with the college representatives about transferring to or starting attendance at their schools. So we have no age issues. Everyone can come on down to see what the College Round-Up might have to offer them.

Q. How many colleges and other are scheduled to attend this year’s College Round-Up?

A. We have about twenty colleges and others committed to attend so far. Usually between twenty-five and thirty schools show up. Actually there are schools that consider themselves part of our College Round-Up family and just show up every year, that sort of commitment to our program makes us happy!

Q. Will you share how some students have benefitted from attending the event?

A. Some students and their families have told us that the benefits experienced by attending the College Round-Up have been immeasurable.  Students have said that they had never been in that type of setting before. From a more tangible perspective, we have students who have been accepted in to college or university on the spot, we have students who have gone on to complete their undergraduate work, engage in their Master’s, go on to become educators themselves, become lawyers, college professors. I am so proud of them, even though I don’t get to meet each and every one of them.

Q. Do you have anything you would like to add?

A. Just that I appreciate you for showing up and documenting our work. I am proud to be able to say that I know someone who has started a communications network and that you support our efforts!

I really just want people to show up so that they might benefit from attending the College Round-Up. Parents, teachers, everyone needs to bring the students that they know who need to prepare for a college education. We are a holistic event if I may use the term. We have the morning program which gets everyone going and into the spirit of the event, we have very enthusiastic college and university representatives who are wonderfully competitive, and we have great facilitators of our break-out sessions who want our students to be well rounded when they go off to fulfill their dreams of a post-secondary education, whether it is at a community college, a technical institute, or a four year college or university.

I can’t thank you enough for doing this and supporting us the way that you have over the years.

Dianne Valentin, Co-Founder & Executive Director
The Black Heritage Museum & Cultural Center, Inc. 

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Athletes involved in SouthWest break-in shouldn’t face adult charges – Rocky Mount Telegram

I am writing this article concerning the SouthWest Edgecombe High School varsity basketball team. By now, I am quite sure that everyone knows of the alleged breaking and entering and taking of items from a concession stand by some members of the boys’ basketball team. Letter to editor by Robert Cordell retired educator. (More)

Response: First of all it is not about emotions when it comes to this incident however for me it is about policy and procedures. I hope the parents have looked at the policies and procedures and have tried to deal with this issue from a school standpoint policy and procedures and then from the law enforcement standpoint of what the law says.

I have followed these guys over the years videoing them and it hurt the hell out of me when I heard about what happened. But having a child in middle school and played basketball there, I videoed his games on Monday and Thursday and the high school games on Tuesday and Friday, I am very much sensitive to this issue however I refuse to make it about my emotions.

Mr. Cordell I respect your letter however I am addressing you as a community leader and to let you know that without the parents calling a meeting with the community there is nothing I can do. I can not do anything, I only know about the incident from what I have read in the newspaper and from what I have heard in the street. I have not spoken to any of the students nor any of the parents except one called me and left a message on my cell phone that she didn’t think it ought to have been in the newspaper because they had not killed anyone. I did not return the call because the parent seemed to be more focused on the newspaper than the real issue at hand.

As it relates to you bringing up the Faith Christian Academy incident, I mentioned that in a comment in this newspaper online and in my blog. Reason being is because some folks had said that the SouthWest incident was in the paper just because they were black. They also talked about the charges. I mentioned the article because the boys were white and also the charges were a felony charge and their bonds were $25,000 and not $500. and a misdemeanor charge.

Sir have you met with the parents and the students to talk about this issue?

As a community leader I have not been invited to a meeting. You are a retired educator and you know that only parents can handle personnel issues as it relates to their children unless they go through the policies and procedures where by others can be at the table with them. Been there done that as I have been an advocate for education since the early 90’s but I know my role.

One thing I do is study the policies and procedures to make sure those I am challenging follow their own. If I find out they followed them and if I don’t like the policies and procedures then I seek to get them changed. However I am not ignant to the facts that are in place and do not get off on emotions because that will not change the facts, policy and procedures and the law.

Sir call me if you would like to discuss this issue because I will talk to you and anyone about it and give my personal opinion. You have my telephone number.

Note: I, along with my wife and son attended the Schools-to-Prison Pipeline on the Campus of North Carolina Central University this past weekend Friday March 2 – 4.

Durham NC – The last day of the Schools-To-Prison Pipeline Action Camp on the Campus of North Carolina Central University Durham NC Hosted by The Alliance for Educational Justice (AEJ)

Curmilus Dancy II (Butch)
Community Leader

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