Princeville board nixes plans for letter – Daily Southerner

Response: Very interesting. Wonder what this is all about? Well must be about how the Mayor and her 2 friends spent the money that didn’t belong to them.

PRINCEVILLE — PRINCEVILLE — During an emergency called meeting on Thursday, the Princeville Board of Commissioners unanimously voted against allowing town attorney Charles Watts to send a letter to the state auditor concerning a legal matter. The notice for the meeting was posted Wednesday evening and went out to all the board members. (More)

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Seeking Solutions for African Americans by William Reed Columnist

Response: I agree with much of this however I say would we get more or less if another President was elected? I still rather have “our” current President since I had no option but to vote for him not just because he was Black but I felt that the Republican Party would do more damage to me/us. I am hoping that since he last term has just began that just maybe he can get past some of the things like the budget and other and then he can spend the last 3 years doing more for Black folks. That is my hope and change that I am going to believe in. But again looking at how the NC General Assembly Republican majority don’t care anything about Black folks and/or Democrats at all I must say that is more of my concern. As always I appreciate my friend Mr. Reed with his awesome columns.

How many African Americans know that the president of the United States (POTUS) recently met with their leaders? How many among the African-American population know what the meeting agenda entailed, who was there, and what was accomplished at, or subsequent to it, regarding our plight and problems?

Late Black History Month 2013, the POTUS had Blacks to a meeting at the White House in the Roosevelt Room. The president discussed his "plan to strengthen the economy … and continue to build ladders of opportunity for those striving to get there." In perhaps the cruelest of ironies, the president praised the participants for their “steadfast leadership on issues critical to improving the economy.”

The presidential meeting produced no programs to lift Blacks, nor their economies. According to White House reports, President Obama “reiterated his commitment to supporting policies that will directly impact those hardest hit by the economic crisis by making sure that America is a magnet for jobs, etc. …”  Instead of informing the “emperor” that his clothing was “threadbare and worn”, people at the meeting gave a chorus of approval to the president’s agenda for Blacks and their communities. 

Those in attendance included the Rev. Al Sharpton, National Action Network, NAACP President Ben Jealous, Avis Jones-DeWeever, executive director of the National Council of Negro Women along with Ralph Everett, president, Joint Center for Economic and Political Studies.

Everett and the Joint Center for Economic and Political Studies’ role in Black life in America is worthy of attention. The Joint Center has had a leading role as a Washington think tank for almost half a century. Without admitting that the Obama presidency is no more than symbolic for Black Americans and that nearly every quality of life indicator shows that Blacks lost ground during the Obama years, Everett cast his lot with the rest of the sheep on their way to the slaughter and said: “The meeting was a positive, constructive exchange of views. The president fully understands the concerns of the African-American community and has set forth a sensible plan to continue America’s economic recovery. We look forward to working with him to strengthen the economy for the middle class and continue to build more ladders of opportunity for those trying to get there.”

Who is going to tell the “emperor” he has no clothes? The only notable item to come out of the meeting was the “staged” photo-ops. Nothing of substance regarding an agenda for African Americans was discussed. In his post-meeting statement, Sharpton commented, “I and other leaders had a very significant discussion with the president about concerns in the African-American community and the civil rights community in general.”

Blacks can’t see Obama’s failings and are in discord over whether they should demand a more explicit commitment or refrain from doing so because it would weaken his appeal to others.  The reverend insists that calling on Obama to be an “exponent of Black views” is “just stupid.” But, the financial ills afflicting the Black communities are more real than Sharpton & Company admit. The Black-White wealth disparity is more than 20 to 1, Black homeownership rates are declining, Blacks’ unemployment rates are nearly double those for Whites, and Blacks’ incomes are down. These discrepancies reflect a mixture of realism and low expectations.  Has “a second-class” mentality taken hold of this generation of Black Americans?  Blacks are doing worse than everyone else, yet the man they elected to turn things around for them hasn’t; however, this has not fundamentally changed their view of American politics; almost every other Democratic president has failed them in similar ways.

Instead of devotion to White House deceptions, organizations such as the Joint Center can point Blacks in the right direction through program policy and leadership development practices. The Obama administration has little interest in supporting Blacks in the same ways it has gay and Latino groups. A Black agenda that addresses the serious problems that plague African Americans needs to be presented to Obama, rather than “picture taking moments” with POTUS.

William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and available for projects via the

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Homegoing Celebration For Larry Darnell Applewhite Wilson NC.

My condolences goes out to my co-worker Kimberly Groggins and the entire family of the late Larry Darnell Applewhite Wilson NC.

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

Song: But God – Ron Winans Family & Friends Choir

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NC NAACP Open Letter to Sen. Burr and News Conference at 10AM in Rocky Mount

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27 March 2013


For More Information:        Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, President, 919-394-8137

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

                                            Atty. Jamie Phillips, Public Policy Coordinator, 919-682-4700

For Media Assistance:        Rob Stephens, Field Secretary, 336-577-9335



NC NAACP to hold News Conference Outside Senator Richard Burr’s Office


ROCKY MOUNT – The North Carolina NAACP will join the Rocky Mount Branch of the NAACP on Wednesday to hold a news conference outside the office of U.S. Senator Richard Burr.  There has never been, in the history of North Carolina, an African-American appointed as Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.  The Eastern District of North Carolina is where the highest concentration of African Americans reside. 


            The news conference will take place on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM at 100 Coast Line Street, Rocky Mount, NC 27804.


The NC NAACP has sent three separate certified letters to Senator Burr in the past year asking for a meeting without success.  Despite this road block, the North Carolina NAACP will continue its efforts to obtain the appointment of a qualified African-American in a judicial district that has had a vacancy for the past seven years.


Below find an open letter to Senator Burr in anticipation of today’s news conference.



27 March 2013

Open Letter


Senator Richard Burr

217 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510


Re:  U.S. District Court Judge Vacancy in the 44-county Eastern District of North Carolina


Dear Senator Burr:


As you are well aware, in the history of North Carolina no African-American has ever been appointed as Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina where the largest concentration of African-Americans in North Carolina reside.  Typically the President depends on a joint recommendation from the Senators of the affected state.  Senator, you and Senator Hagan should submit a joint list of several African-Americans who could serve on the District Court bench.  If that fails, President Obama should take the initiative to nominate someone to fill the vacancy.  The North Carolina NAACP is prepared to present, directly to the President of the United States, a list of highly qualified individuals who are of the caliber of candidates you could have presented yourself.  These individuals have deep roots in the East and should be considered to rectify this historic denial.

During the past five years, the North Carolina NAACP has sought to meet with you, our elected Senator, in an attempt to obtain the appointment of an African-American Judge in this Judicial District. We were painfully aware of the successful efforts which were manufactured by former Senator Jessie Helms to prevent qualified African-Americans from being appointed to this position. While he was alive, Helms used every political ploy imaginable to insure that those exceptionally well qualified African-Americans who were suggested for appointment were never given an opportunity to be voted upon.

In light of that history, we sought to meet with you and Senator Kay Hagan to discuss this issue and press our resolve that an African-American must be appointed to serve as a Judge on this Court. We were encouraged that Senator Hagan met with us, expressed her concerns and agreed to consider a list of qualified candidates and articulate this concern to President Barack Obama.

On the other hand, Senator Burr, you have refused to meet with us or to discuss our concerns in any manner. Over the past year, we have sent three separate letters to you requesting a meeting and you have not responded positively to those requests.

The North Carolina NAACP will continue our efforts to obtain the appointment of a qualified African-American in a judicial district that has had a vacancy for over seven years. In fact, a judicial emergency exists in this district as cases are delayed and justice denied to citizens because of this vacancy. The vacancy in North Carolina has existed longer than any other judicial vacancy in the United States.

It is time for the President to appoint someone to this position. Senator Burr, like your predecessor Jessie Helms, you are standing in the way of the appointment of an African-American to this position.  Only whites have been appointed to serve as judges on the Eastern District of North Carolina Court and the continued intentional exclusions of qualified African-Americans from this position will not be tolerated.  Thus, we will continue to loudly raise our voice in support of this appointment.  While we continue to call on you to join in this effort, we will not be deterred by your refusal to meet with us or support our efforts. We will carry our demands directly to President Barack Obama.




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


CC:     Mrs. Amina J. Turner, NC NAACP Executive Director

Ms. Carolyn Q. Coleman, 1st Vice President

Ms. Corolyn McDougal, 2nd Vice President

Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, 3rd Vice President

Mr. Courtney Patterson, 4th Vice President

            NC NAACP Legal Team






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Voter Fraud?

The problem is there has not been Voter Fraud and they have admitted that so we all know that that is not the reason why they voted to do it. I am talking about why they said they were doing it versus a reason to do it. Obviously some folks think they are assuring fairness hell assure other things that are happening daily rather than once or twice a year at the most.

Talking about spending trillions of dollars on non-sense the good ole boys have always done that from the local level all the way to the national level. “Our” current President inherited the majority of the debt that we see because of how he had to deal with the Republicans but they don’t want to talk about that but want to make it seems as if he had no option. I was just informed 2 days ago again although I already knew the story about the debt when my Congressman held a meeting in Rocky Mount NC. Pictures/Video Rocky Mount NC – Congressman G.K. Butterfield Gives Update On President Obama And NC Politics OIC Rocky Mount NC Tuesday March 26, 2013 6:00 PM

Why in the hell don’t they assure that they stop the ignance when it comes to blocking everything that the President does and good Democrats. I know damn well everything he does is not a bad thing in everyone’s eyes but just because he is a Black man some  are willing to take the country to hell while trying to mislead folks that it is “Our” President when it is clear that it is racist Republicans. Not all Republicans but I repeat the racist ones and some ignant racist Democrats but I must admit they have some ignant Black folks brainwashed also.

The racist Republicans turned down the Medicaid expansion in NC that would not cost them anything for several years and then afterwards the Federal Government would pay 95%. Nope voted against it because it is a part of “Obamacare.”

The government has spent trillions of dollars on non-sense all of my life long before “Our” current President so what is the problem? We have a Black President that is the problem.

But there will be a wake up call and I don’t think it will be long because when it hit home the right homes it will be those same guys whom thought that all of this b.s. sounded good but when it affect them they will not be able to handle it and they are going to turn on them. I just want to be able to say I told you so.

Today is the new form of slavery however some white folks don’t even recognize that they will be slaves but maybe they don’t know or they don’t care as long as it appears that it looks like the Black man is the problem.

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Reader respond to the column by Bob Harper, “Voter ID causing a great flap” – Daily Southerner

Response: I agree with the response. There are more pressing things to be worried about. I just don’t understand how some folks come up with certain things. They act as if people have not stole others I.D. Driver’s License, Social Security Cards and etc. But the problem for me is Voter Id is targeting certain folks (Black folks). But what they don’t understand that it will affect all folks. And the sad part is some folks think it may not ever effect them but when it hit home I want to see these same folks who agreed with the racist who support Voter ID.

In response to the column by Bob Harper, “Voter ID causing a great flap”, I have a few thoughts to share.  This is the first time in my memory that Mr. Harper has written about something being provided free to citizens by the government (IDs for those without one) without stating that nothing is free, and complaining that the cost is taken out his taxes. So enfranchising voters must surely be one cause he is passionate about. (More)

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Princeville NC – Board fires Boyd again – Daily Southerner

PRINCEVILLE — The Town of Princeville’s board of commissioners fired the interim town manager, adopted a policy that requires the police chief to punch a time clock and rescinded the police department’s standard operating procedure (SOP) during a chaotic meeting Monday night.

Although departmental reports, the approval of minutes and citizens and commissioners comments were on the agenda, the vast majority of action occurred following a closed session. (More)

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Princeville NC – Breaking News Commissioner Calvin Sherrod Votes Along With Commissioners Ann Howell And Gwendolyn Knight To Fire Maggie Boyd Interim Town Manager/Clerk

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Pictures/Video Rocky Mount NC – Congressman G.K. Butterfield Gives Update On President Obama And NC Politics OIC Rocky Mount NC Tuesday March 26, 2013 6:00 PM

Pictures/Video: My Congressman said he would keep us updated about what is going on in Washington DC and he has done just that. It is up to you how you perceived it but I believe every word of it and you should too be you a Democrat, Republican or whatever.

See how the Congressman responded to the questions from the floor also.

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Homegoing Celebration For Elnora Hanson Rocky Mount NC Formerly Of Pinetops NC.

From the family of the late Dorothy Gray Horne Dancy (Dot).

Our condolences goes out to the entire family of the late Elnora Hanson.

I have been knowing Mrs. El all of my life just about. She was the same every time I was around here. She was a funny person would have you laughing. She was just a nice lady. I know all of the children because I grew up around them.

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

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Homegoing Celebration For Herbert Lee Davis Pinetops NC.

My condolences goes out to the family of the late Herbert Lee Davis.

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

Song: When The Battle Is Over – Walter Hawkins

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Congressional Ethics Probe Adds to Michele Bachmann’s Political Woes – The Daily Beast

Eighteen months ago, the Minnesota House member was considered an unlikely but undeniable Republican rising star, winning the Iowa straw poll that unofficially begins the primary season. Today, she is embroiled in a litany of legal proceedings related to her rolling disaster of a presidential campaign—including a Office of Congressional Ethics investigation into campaign improprieties that has not previously been reported. (More)

Boehner To Get A 2014 Democratic Challenger, Andrew Hounshell, – OH-8

In 2010 Boehner faced a democratic challenger in the candidacy of Justin Coussoule, an honorable man. The results were not pretty. Justin ended up not even getting to debate the man destined to be least effective Speaker of the House, ever. In a wave election year the tan one romped to an easy 65:30 win (libertarian and constitution party candidates netting the remaining points). (More)

Rocky Mount NC – Butterfield to talk with voters at town hall meeting – Rocky Mount Telegram

Response: Voters. That’s right! This means Democrats, Republicans and others. You need to come find out what is going on in Washington DC from someone who is actually at the table. You can also find out what is going on on the local level. I sure hope to see all the voters that I have heard talk about what is going on in Washington DC at this meeting. However if not, you know and if ya don’t know I will tell you after the meeting night. Ya gonna learn the day!

The public is invited to attend a town hall meeting with U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield at 6 p.m. tonight at the former Booker T. Washington High School Auditorium, 402 E. Virginia St.

The event, which the Opportunities Industrialization Center is playing host to, is free and open to the public.

“It’s an opportunity to give people access directly to our congressman, who represents much of the Twin Counties,” said Reuben Blackwell, president and CEO of OIC. (More)