Barnhill Contracting Co. donates former headquarters to school district – Rocky Mount Telegram

TARBORO – Edgecombe County Public Schools will be moving its central office into a new $1.3 million building in 2015.

If that was not good news enough, the better news is the facility will put no strain on the school system’s budget and will not cost taxpayers anything.

The Edgecombe County Board of Education recently passed a resolution accepting a gift from Barnhill Contracting Co. of the company’s former headquarters building and adjacent storage facility on Main Street.

“I was blown out of the water by that kind of gift,” Superintendent John Farrelly said. “It speaks dramatically to their support of education and what we’re doing. It also says a lot about how they feel about the community. (Source: Read more)

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She Grew Up Overhearing Her Racist Dad. After Hearing Her Story, I Don’t Think She Was Listening. – UpWorthy

The Political Agitator response: Powerful message! Some folks need to see more of this so they can understand what is going on in this world today. There are new techniques being used and some ignant black folks either don’t understand, don’t care or in denial.

Sure, we aren’t doing everything the civil rights movement set out to achieve in the ’60s, but goodness gracious, as long as there are 12-year-olds like this one, I know we’ll get there.

If you think it’s getting intense around 2:45, when she gets the Dixie cups, wait for the closing line of the whole thing. Emotions!

This clip is part of the American Experience series about the civil rights movement in Mississippi. I happened upon it while I was researching the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer, or Mississippi Summer Project, and I couldn’t stop watching. I read a book on the Freedom Summer a few years ago called “Freedom Summer: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy,” and I was just blown away by all the stories. If you’re into how America actually worked and works, read it! It’s one of my fave nonfictions. (Source: Read more)