Community Forum and Solidarity Service Against Racial Intimidation in Caswell County – Saturday, June 30

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Solidarity Service and Community Forum

 Ex-Marine Ernie Pinnix, who fought for all Americans in Vietnam, and his family were the targets of an attack on their rights, dignity and property in the Brown’s Chapel Community in late May in Caswell County, NC. Veterans and friends from across the State are invited to a Saturday Afternoon Service and Community Forum to show Solidarity with the Pinnix Family and hear concerns from the community.


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Solidarity Service & Community Forum 


Brown’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church,

Rev. Thurman Pinnix, Pastor 


    Saturday, 4 pm June 30, 2012 

461 Brown’s Chapel Road, Gibsonville, NC  

(off Rt. 87, south of Reidsville) 


Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, President,

North Carolina NAACP 


Mr. Nathaniel Hall, President

Caswell County NAACP Branch




In May, the NC NAACP called for a full investigation of the incident and issued a news release summarizing and commenting on the situation:


May 25, 2012




            DURHAM – The North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP is calling for a full investigation by all local, state, and federal jurisdictional law enforcement, and local and state elected officials, of the racially-motivated and hate-filled vandalism of an elderly black veteran’s business that occurred this week in Caswell County. 


            Ernest Pinnix, 66, a Purple Heart Vietnam veteran, has been a vocal opponent to the replacement of a Confederate soldier statue in downtown Reidsville, which was knocked down in a car accident in 2011. The Reidsville City Council agreed with Mr. Pinnix and voted to move the statue to a cemetery for Confederate soldiers. Mr. Pinnix runs an auto repair shop in which at one time, five generations worked together.  He has informed local NAACP leadership and the State Conference that his tow truck was vandalized this week with six commercial tires slashed, each door and the rollback keyed, and the front wall spray-painted with the words, "The statue is coming back." Additionally, big letters were painted across the two-pane window in the front of his business, "F… Obama."


            "We are going to see first hand and investigate a situation that is obviously quite disturbing just from the verbal and written reports," said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President of the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP. "Vicious and vulgar references of the President of the United States, trespassing on private property, hateful and racially charged messages in addition to property damage have terrorized this family. This should not only disturb us but represent the kind of domestic terrorism and intimidation that law enforcement and our communities cannot tolerate. Nor should they go unpunished."


            Responding to this controversy, Rev. Clarence Johnson, President of the Reidsville Branch of the NAACP, and a State District Director said, "The Reidsville Branch of the NAACP is standing behind the decision made by the Reidsville City Council to not have the statue replaced in the middle of downtown.  It should be placed in the local cemetery.  It’s time all of our communities should say: Forward Ever, Backwards Never."


            Mr. Pinnix has been active in his community supporting boy scouts, and 4-H groups in the Brown’s Chapel Cherry Grove Community of Caswell County.  During last year’s Christmas parade, he displayed a banner against putting the statue back in downtown Reidsville.  He represents progressive politics and remains a vocal opponent, which is his right as a citizen.  Married for 46 years, Mr. Pinnix is the father of two adult children.


            The vandalism occurred late Tuesday night on Mr. Pinnix’s property where his business is located.  "The citizens of Caswell County are shocked and appalled that this incident has occurred," said Mr. Nate Hall, President of the Caswell County Branch of the NAACP. "And of course, we are concerned about the welfare of Mr. Ernest Pinnix and his family.  The Caswell County Branch of the NAACP fully supports Mr. Pinnix and his family and trusts that justice will be served." 




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.    




Remaining positive at RM Prep: Students always come first – Rocky Mount Telegram

Response: Interesting coming from this teacher, would love to hear from a teacher that lost their job.

Often in the discussion and, frankly, politics of education, we lose sight of the most important and irreplaceable component, the student. (More)

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Too much staffing, not enough clients at center – Rocky Mount Telegram

Youth counselors and psychologists do wonderful work, but let’s face it: Employing 66 staff members to address the needs of 28 clients in a full-time development center costs too much money for too few kids. (More)

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OIC Honors 2012 Graduates Thursday June 28th 6:00 PM




JUNE 26, 2012

Contacts:  Reuben Blackwell, President (252) 544-3343

Charles Washington, Director of Training & Education (252) 955-0763



Rocky Mount, NC – Graduation exercises for GED students Rocky Mount OIC will be held on Thursday, June 28th at 6 p.m. in the historic Booker T. Washington High School Auditorium on 402 E. Virginia Street.  This year, 40 students will receive credentials in recognition of their determination and their successful completion of the state requirements pertaining to the general educational diploma. Genotre J. Penny-Boone, OIC Board Chair, stated that “we want to honor the hard work our students achieved and encourage them to continue on to more and greater successes.” 

Charles Washington, Director of Education & Training, emphasized that “our team of educators, case managers, and business development specialists create a quality learning environment for all our students.”  OIC will again recognize several students who have received Career Readiness Certificates (CRC) as well as those who have completed the Employability Skills/Career Awareness training via an on-line course offering.  “The CRC provides graduates with a running start with employers who see that their potential candidates have great work ethics and that they understand how to bring value to their companies,” commented Washington.

Rochelle Riley, who writes weekly about social, political and cultural issues for the Detroit Free Press, is this year’s commencement speaker.   Ms. Riley has won many state and national honors, including Four Michigan Associated Press Editorial Association Awards for best column writing and the 2011 Salute to Excellence Award for Best Column Writing from the National Association of Black Journalists. She was the 2011 recipient of the Will Rogers Humanitarian Award for community service from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.

“The OIC approach to learning is holistic.  Our case management team works hand in hand with our educators and job placement staff to ensure that we present every possible opportunity to our students for success in the classroom and in the career of their choice,” stated Reuben Blackwell, President & CEO. “For us, graduation means more than a completed course of work.  It opens the beginning of a life of self-sufficiency and dignity for our students and their families.”

 Doors will open at 5:00 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

Raleigh and Rocky Mount to split $1 million from PNC – News & Observer

RALEIGH — PNC Bank announced $1 million in grants for early childhood education and workforce development in Raleigh and Rocky Mount at a press conference with Gov. Bev Perdue Tuesday morning.

The round of grants is the first philanthropic venture for PNC in North Carolina since the Pittsburgh-based bank acquired Raleigh-based RBC Bank in March. (More)

Raleigh and Rocky Mount to split $1 million from PNC – News & Observer

RALEIGH — PNC Bank announced $1 million in grants for early childhood education and workforce development in Raleigh and Rocky Mount at a press conference with Gov. Bev Perdue Tuesday morning.

The round of grants is the first philanthropic venture for PNC in North Carolina since the Pittsburgh-based bank acquired Raleigh-based RBC Bank in March. (More)