Watch The Light House Women’s Shelter Video And Make A Donation, You Will Be Glad That You Did!

Please watch the following video and then click on the Go Fund Me to make a donation. As I was recording the video I was crying because of the stories that the women were sharing and the love that was in the room. This is the 2nd video I have done for the shelter over the years and I was touched this time just like it was my first time.

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The SouthWest Edgecombe Graduation Mess Is Still A Mess As The Media Made A Mess So Maybe A Community Meeting Still Need To Be Called & All Media Outlets That Played A Role Be Invited

I am still mad as hell because the media has made a mess out of the SouthWest Edgecombe Graduation Mess. All the students of the graduation class of 2017 ought to be mad as hell also along with all of the staff at the school especially those whom have no issue with the principal. I have not talked to a staff member that has a problem with the principal but I have read a couple of parents who have talked negative about him and at least one has communicated to me their concerns. Well the issue at hand was/is about the graduation mess and has nothing to do with their beef with the principal. The graduation mess is and should be in a category by itself. Anyone who feel it is okay that a student can break 2 rules: not reading the approved speech and having an electronic device to read his own speech but it is not okay for the principal to discipline the student, then we got some damn serious issues with parenting and community leaders in all areas.

I was in a meeting on Thursday night June 30 and it is a damn shame that folk have been mislead by the student and parent involved along with a student supporter because the student says he was not allowed to write his own speech. It is so believable because the mess was on local and major new outlets (newspapers, tv & online media sources) all over the USA.

My video is the video that was/is being used and I asked them did they talk to the superintendent John Farrelly. They said yes so therefore I thought they would tell both sides of the story however they did not. When did the media stop giving both sides of the story or were they that naïve to just take the student’s side of the story instead of getting the whole story out?

Because the superintendent said he didn’t see anything wrong with the speech and that the principal was wrong for withholding the diploma it added more mess to the mess. It was not about whether the speech was good or bad, the speech that the student read was not approved. The student was not suppose to have an electronic device. Superintendent made the principal deliver diploma over the weekend putting the principal’s life in danger.

This is why I have said over and over again that the difference in me and other news outlets is that I video events, give my opinion based on the facts as presented and I share the entire video with my readers so that they can form their own opinion.

There are many posts about the graduation mess that I posted on my blog which automatically goes to my facebook, twitter and linkedin social media pages. I am totally shocked by a few folk that follow me on social media that have totally ignored the facts as I have presented them but all they have in their minds is the student was not allowed to read his speech and his diploma was withheld.

I have stated time and time again a community meeting need to be held to dispel rumors so that the correct information could get out instead of having mess floating around the community and right now it is a cloud over SouthWest Edgecombe because the media made a mess and the media need to go back and do a follow up on the mess to get the whole story out.

Read the following links but there are more and you will see why the SouthWest Edgecombe graduation was a mess.

Craig Harris Principal SouthWest Edgecombe Is No Longer On Suspension

An Open Letter To The Edgecombe County Public Schools Board Members In Reference To The Suspension Of Craig Harris Principal Of SouthWest Edgecombe High School After The Graduation Mess

Superintendent John Farrelly Respond To The DCN News Blog Online TV About Marvin Wright Diploma Being Withheld During SouthWest Edgecombe Graduation On Friday June 9, 2017If the media had shared this we would not be still having this discussion. 

Video/Photos: Attention – In Response To Jokita Wright Asking Me What Did I Think Of Her Son Speech

The Superintendent Validate My Observation Of What Happened During The SouthWest Edgecombe Graduation

In Response To Jokita Wright In Regards To Contacting Me Look At Time Of Events

As I stated there are more posts on my social media pages.

Smith Likely to Succeed Thomas as Mayor Next Week – Pitt County Post

The Watch Dog response: This is fabuloustastic. Congratulations!

The Greenville City Council has called a special meeting next week to appoint someone to fill the mayor’s seat left vacant by Allen Thomas this week. The appointee will serve the remainder of Thomas’ term until the municipal elections in November.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on July 6 in the council’s chambers at City Hall, 200 W. Fifth St., and is open to the public. Earlier this month Thomas announced that he accepted an offer to be the Executive Director of the North Carolina Global TransPark (GTP), a division of the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Thomas submitted his official resignation during a special council meeting on Monday and the resignation went into effect at 8 a.m. on Wednesday. (Read more)

Anderson Chapel MBC Men’s Day Program Guest Speaker Clee Atkinson, Jr. Sheriff Of Edgecombe County Usher Thorne Chapel MBC Sunday August 6, 2017

The Men’s Day Committee Trustee Patrick Pender and Bro. Curmilus Dancy II along with Pastor Malcom E. Lewis and the Anderson Chapel MBC family invite you to our Men’s Day Program Sunday August 6, 2017 11:00 AM. Please come out and hear Sheriff Atkinson as he bring a powerful Message. The theme is “When Men Come Together For Positive Change!”

You can click on the following links to see a couple of videos of Sheriff Atkinson delivering some powerful messages.

St. Paul Rocky Mount NC Men’s Day The Message Sheriff Clee Atkinson Part 2
Sheriff Clee Atkinson Addresses ECPS Baccalaureate 2017
 
Sheriff Clee Atkinson Speak at House of Resurrection

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The DCN Will Not Be Promoting Some Folk In The Future, You Will Have To Earn Your Way To Be Promoted

The DCN has promoted some folk over the years even ungrateful folk especially black folk. Going forward some folk will have to earn the right to get promoted on The DCN.

Over the past 2 weeks some folk but not limited to, have just been nasty while I was trying to educate them but they chose to take sides with mess and not going with the facts as presented after I have shared my video and photos over the years. I have been sitting back laughing at how some elected officials, pastors, church folk, organizations and black men who ought to be standing for something have been silent. Silence can be betrayal.

Folk don’t understand why the young folk are doing what they do. They see the folk I mentioned above playing it safe or choosing mess without any regards for dealing with the trues.

I am going to just wait and see how many folk that was made to look ignant publicly will ask for a public apology for being used publicly.

I am going to see how many folk are going to apologize.

Now folk ought to see that the work I do reporting local news but not limited is so important. Other media outlets do not give you the whole story like I do. But the sad part is I do what I do at my own expense and then some folk think I owe them something. Right now there are a bunch of folk that owe me something. (Somebody didn’t get that!)

I ain’t mad with nobody just going to change the way I do things. I can do that!

Dr. Valerie Bridgers Associate Superintendent Edgecombe County Public Schools Named Superintendent

Dr. Valerie Bridgers was named Superintendent of Edgecombe County Public Schools to replace John Farrelly. Mr. Farrelly last day is June 30 and will report to Dare County Public Schools on July 1st as their Superintendent. Dr. Bridgers was appointed to serve as the next Superintendent of Edgecombe County Public School with a 4 year contract.

Congratulations Dr. Bridgers from The DCN!

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What Ever Happened to all the Old Racist Whites from those Civil Rights Photos?

A few months ago from this day of publishing, I had an interesting discussion with a white guy at work.  The subject of riots came up.  Pretty much, he attempted to place a mass association of “riots” to Black Lives Matter protesters.  Fascinated with his thoughts (which severely lacked critical thinking), I threw him a critical thinking question:

“Do you think that Black Live Matter protesters, command riots?”

I had to repeat the question because he was in total shock, as if he had walked from a train wreck, because he didn’t expect to engage in critical thinking. (Read more)

North Carolina NAACP leader says he’ll stay for rest of term – WRAL

The Watch Dog response: Thank you my friend for reconsidering. Let the work of the NAACP continue.

RALEIGH, N.C. — The leader of the NAACP in North Carolina says he will remain in the role until his term ends in October, rather than step down this month as planned.

The Rev. William Barber said Sunday he will remain president until his replacement is elected at the NAACP’s convention. He announced plans last month to leave the post in June after 12 years at the helm to concentrate on a poor people’s campaign organizing in states nationwide.

State NAACP leaders last week called on Barber to reconsider, saying he’s needed as a “unifying voice” following U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions that upheld lower-court rulings that Republicans illegally drew dozens of districts based on race after the 2010 Census.

Barber reiterates he will not seek another term as president, but he will stay his entire term “for the stability of the movement in these transitional moments.”

Barber said the Supreme Court’s decisions and the possibility of drawing new lines and a potential special election this year “were not in the landscape” when he made his initial announcement. (Read more)

An Open Letter To The Edgecombe County Public Schools Board Members In Reference To The Suspension Of Craig Harris Principal Of SouthWest Edgecombe High School After The Graduation Mess

First of all let me do an overview of how I see per the facts as I see them what lead up to the suspension of Craig Harris Principal SouthWest Edgecombe after he withheld a student diploma on Friday June 9, 2017. On the following Thursday June 15, 2017 Mr. Harris was suspended and it has not been officially announced why he was suspended by the Edgecombe County Public Schools.

I agree with Superintendent John Farrelly that it was unfortunate that during the media coverage several details were omitted, not considered or misconstrued.

First of all it is my opinion based on the facts as before me that Coach Shelton Langley 2017 Graduating Class Advisor and Craig Harris Principal did a great job on the ceremonial process until the mess happened with the student breaking the rules after he entered the stage. My video shows Coach Langley informing Mr. Harris that the student had pulled out an electronic device his cell phone and began reading a speech that was not approved. This were 2 violations, the student had an electronic device on the stage and then he began to read a speech that was not approved. This was an insult to the advisor, the principal, the entire staff, students, parents and all whom attended. But then on top of that there were more insult as the student was a part of contacting the local media sharing his story making appear that the advisor and the principal were disrespecting him when my video clearly shows that the advisor was informing the principal about the student has pulled out his cell phone but he attempt to make it look like Coach Langley and Principal Harris were disrespecting him by just talking behind him. At this time the principal could have insulted the student by standing up and asking for the microphone and if the student had not given it to him, the principal could have said the student was breaking 2 rules. The principal could have had the student removed from the stage which would have been another embarrassment. I feel the principal handled it well because he didn’t even say anything about the 2 rules being broken when he immediately followed the student’s speech as he stood and announced the students were officially graduates and that they could turn their tassels and march out.

The reason why the students do not receive their actual diploma during the ceremony is because if the student do something stupid it has been the rule of the day that the student will not walk and/or if they did something during the ceremony like the mess on June 9. This student marched and was told he would receive his diploma on the next week but Mr. Farrelly used his power to command Mr. Harris deliver the diploma on the following Sunday.

The media only shared the student’s side of the story and threw the principal under the bus. But this was done because Mr. Farrelly had already thrown the principal under the bus when he apologized to the student, said that Mr. Harris was was wrong for withholding the diploma sending a message to the community that it was illegal to withhold the diploma which is totally false. Mr. Farrelly said he didn’t see anything wrong with the speech.

Hell yeah something was wrong with the speech. He was not suppose to read a speech it was not approved. And then to read it from an electronic device he broke the rules.

I have a problem with Mr. Farrelly apologizing to the student because if Mr. Harris had done something wrong then he should have been the one to apologize.

Mr. Farrelly was wrong when he made the principal deliver the diploma on Sunday. I question Mr. Farrelly’s motive because he brought on more insult to the matter. The correct thing to do would have not to put Mr. Harris life in danger when he made him deliver the diploma on a Sunday. It is my opinion that Mr. Farrelly did that because the student was in the media on Monday being accepted into the Navy.

It is a damn shame that the message is out that it is okay for a student to disobey the principal but it is not okay for the principal to discipline a student while on his watch. The last time I checked the graduation is a school held event and considered the last day of school for graduating students. So since that is true then I don’t understand how Mr. Farrelly would throw his employee under the bus and making it appear as if the student was right. This is not like working in a store where “they” say the customer is always right. Oh hell no, I worked in the store business and if they were wrong I treated them as they were wrong.

It is a damn shame that because of Mr. Farrelly’s response to the student brought more insult to Edgecombe County and the nation because the student has been seen in the media almost worldwide if not worldwide. Nearly all of the media that they contacted, contacted me asking for permission to use my video and I told them to go to my blog for more information about the matter but I know of maybe 1 or 2 media outlets didn’t contact me but used my video anyway. I trust and believe that Mr. Farrelly shared with the media that he came in contact with the same information that he shared with me but the media intentionally chose not to tell the whole story. And when did the media stop reporting on the whole story? This is why it is so important that I cover meetings so because I give my spin on what took place but make the whole video available for everyone to see and they can form their own opinion.

I learned of Craig Harris Principal being suspended after it was sent to me by someone after they read it in the Rocky Mount Telegram. I have only heard rumors as to why. I don’t know the rumors to be true and since I don’t know Mr. Harris personally I have not been in contact with him. Matter of a fact I don’t even know if he live in Edgecombe, Nash County or where.

I have heard that Mr. Harris was suspended because of some grades being given to a student. First I heard that there were 2 subjects in question. The most recent I heard it was 1 subject in question. I heard that the student didn’t do well and was given an assignment to do and he didn’t complete it but the student was allowed to walk anyway. If this is true I hope that the principal suspension with pay should be enough. I also heard that there are a few young staff members at SouthWest that has a problem with being disciplined by Mr. Harris. I hope that Mr. Harris is not fired that he is not moved to another school and that this matter be brought to some closure on Monday evening during the special called meeting. On Friday I received a call from some retired educators and have spoke to them and some other stakeholders from the community that we want to attend the meeting on Monday to support Mr. Harris from what we have heard. Now if we do not have the correct information and his suspension grant more in depth of disciplinary actions then if we are to learn the truth, then we would accept the school board actions if they are not questionable.

If Mr. Harris is disciplined some kind of way and it is linked to the student I want to see the outcome correlate with the student. What do I mean? I will be waiting to see if Mr. Harris is disciplined some kind of way will the student diploma be taken back?

If I knew some staff members at SouthWest I would tell them that if the rumor is that school board is going to move Mr. Harris that they would request to meet with the school board in closed session to express how they support Mr. Harris. This was done several years ago when the rumor was a principal was going to be moved and the staff met with the school board and the principal was not moved.

I will be attending the meeting on Monday evening and I am somewhat emotional because public comments will not be allowed. So therefore I am sending this message so that you will know that myself and some stakeholders in the community are supporting Mr. Harris based on what we know as it relates to the rumor mill. But we know we stand behind the Mr. Harris withholding the diploma and telling the student that he could pick it up the following week. This is where I agree with Mr. Farrelly that Mr. Harris needed to set up time for the family to discuss the rules violation and to provide the student with the diploma but it should have been done the following week and at the school. Again I feel Mr. Farrelly put Mr. Harris life in danger when he was told to deliver the diploma to the student’s home.

In my closing, I am trusting and believing along with other stakeholders that I have been in contact with we that this school board will issue the best disciplinary action that will apply to Mr. Harris. All we are asking for is this board to do the right thing and to make sure that whatever come out of the graduation mess and the suspension of Mr. will be a learning experience for the student who broke the rules, the student that grades are in question per the rumor mill and Mr. Craig Harris disciplinary action.

Board members Evelyn Wilson Chair (BF), Ann Kent Vice Chair (WF), Dr. Evelyn Johnson (BF), Olga Dickens (BF), Marva Scott (BF), William Dino Eason (WM) and Rev. Raymond Privott (BM) I look forward to you doing the right thing.

Thanking you in advance.

Curmilus Dancy II
Stakeholders – Retired Educators, Current Educators and Community

Note: I have a lot going on and if you have any questions due to grammatical errors or any content in the letter please contact me for clarity.

Stay tuned for an overview of the SouthWest Edgecombe Graduation Mess that has been kinda sorta quiet as hell this week. Wonder why?

I have atleast 1 – 2 things that I have not heard anyone say during all of this mess. I mentioned it to some folk over the past couple of days.

As I have stated from day one that if all included need to be discipline then that is what I want. But the sad part the student’s disciplinary action was limited to what the principal could have done.

I am totally pissed off about the mess especially with the Superintendent throwing the principal under the bus.

I am totally pissed that the news outlets only reported the story as if it was only about the student side and didn’t report the whole story. Everyone of the outlest contacted me and asked me if they could use my video because my video was the best. I said yes but go to my blog for more information so they could get another perspective on what was going on. They too threw the principal under the bus.

It is a damn shame that the local radio talk show has not mentioned anything about the graduation mess when the entire community has been affected by this mess. Some folk who may not be on my social media might not even know all about the graduation mess. Everyone need to be made aware of that the principal has been suspended at SouthWest and it has not been announced by the school system why. It is a damn shame that we have 5 black board members out of a total of 7 and they ain’t saying anything. What good are they? But there are 2 board members here in the southern part of the county 1 black and 1 white and they ought to have had a meeting to report to the community. However my board member lives in the district that the school is in so they should be talking too. Oh well.

I don’t believe the student wanted to go along with the mess but was pushed to get up there and take the route he took. Some sources close to the student have told me 

#teamdancyCurmilus

SouthWest Edgecombe Graduation Mess Getting Closer To The Truth Coming Out

Getting closer to the truth coming out, keep following me better yet join me at the school board meeting Monday night. Since you have blocked me and you can still follow me because my page is public, you gonna learn the day.

The only camera running now is The DCN News Blog Online TV where you get the whole story and not bits and pieces.

Stay tuned for just a little bit more before Monday. #teamdancyCurmilus

SouthWest Edgecombe Graduation Mess School Board Meeting Monday June 26, 2017 6 PM Be There

Don’t know the principal, don’t know where he live or anything. Just learned his name this year.

What I do know is this mess is more of a mess than I thought.

If you support the principal from the facts as presented from what you have seen, the video, photos and the real information that has been presented on Facebook then you need to be at meeting on Monday to support the principal.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. #teamdancyCurmilus

Special Called Meeting of the Edgecombe County Board of Education Monday June 26, 2017

The DCN response: We will find out during this meeting the status of the SouthWest Edgecombe Principal suspension. Rumor has it he will be not be returning as a principal in the Edgecombe County Public Schools. All I know is if he has done something that he need to be disciplined for then I support the decision because with the SouthWest Edgecombe Graduation mess that I am so embarrassed by I want to see all parties be disciplined if need be. However the rumor is the suspension has nothing to do with the evening of the graduation. We shall see.

Special Called Meeting of the Edgecombe County Board of Education Edgecombe County Board Rooms 412 Pearl Street Tarboro, NC  27886
 
June 26, 2017 AGENDA
 

6:30 P.M. (OPEN SESSION) (1)  Call to Order of Special Meeting of the Board       
(1.1) Pledge of Allegiance
 
(2)   Recognitions  (2.1) Employee Recognition
 
(3) Approval of Agenda 
 
(4)A Consent Items (One Motion Approval) 
(4.1.A)   Approval of Fundraiser W.A. Pattillo Fundraiser with Krispy Kreme to Sell Donut Certificates for $9 each on July 7 – 20, 2017
 
(4)B Item for Action 
(4.1.B)   Approval of Budget Amendments for 2016-2017 
(4.2.B)   Approval of Continuation of Insurance Programs as Listed for 2017-2018
(4.3.B)   Approval Memorandum of Agreement between Edgecombe County Board of Education and Edgecombe County Health Department for 2017-2018
(4.4.B)   Approval of Exceptional Children Program Contracts for 2017-2018 
(4.5.B)   Approval of Contract Renewal between ECPS and NC Driving School, Inc. for 2017-2018 
(4.6.B)   Approval of 3-Year Contract between ECBOE and Saffelle, Inc. from July 1, 2017 –  June 30, 2020  
(4.7.B)   Approval of Repairs to the Gym Wall at W. A. Pattillo Middle School
(4.8.B)   Approval of 2017-2018 ECPS Traditional Schools Calendar Addendum
 
(5) Items for Information: 
(5.1) Field Trips:   W. A. Pattillo (9809) – American Tobacco Campus, Durham, NC; Grades 6-8; 06/26/2017;  Departure: 6:30 a.m. – Return: 3:00 p.m. SWEHS (9710) – Health Education Foundation, Rocky Mount, NC; Health Career Students; 06/27/2017; Departure: 8:00 a.m. – Return: 4:00 p.m. SWEHS (9711) – Wilson Medical Center, Wilson, NC; Health Career Students; 06/28/2017; Departure: 8:00 a.m. – Return: 4:00 p.m. SWEHS (9713) – Halifax Regional Medical Center, Roanoke Rapids, NC; Health Career Students; 06/29/2017; Departure: 7:00 a.m. – Return: 5:00 p.m.
 
Motion Required:  I make a motion under the North Carolina Open Meetings Law, Sections 143318.11 (a) (1), (a)(3), (a) (5) and (a) (6) to go into Closed Session to consider personnel matters, to consult with the attorney to preserve attorney-client privileged information, to prevent the disclosure of personnel records rendered confidential under G.S. 115C-319 through 321, and to instruct the Board’s agents concerning negotiations involving employment contracts.
 
CLOSED SESSION:

(6)  Personnel Management 
(6.1) Listed Personnel (Resignations, New Hires – Permanent, Transfers, New Hires – Temporary, etc.) (6.2) Other Personnel
 
OPEN SESSION:

(7)   Approval of Closed Session Item(s) 
(7.1)    Personnel Management
(7.2) Other Personnel
 
(8)    Adjourn

An Urgent Personal and Public Appeal to Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II

The DCN response: The following was forwarded to me. I was not aware of the letter going out but I want to go on record saying I would have signed this in support of this appeal. I was in Greensboro in 2005 when Dr. Barber was 1st elected to serve as the President of the NC State Conference of Branches and had to fight to get Dr. Barber elected as I served on the election supervisory committee. I was nominated by Mr. Elizabeth Ohree a member of the Rocky Mount Branch NAACP who is in her early 90’s and a strong supporter of the NAACP. I currently serve as 2nd vice president. We are in a very crucial time in history and I know Dr. Barber is ready to move but I think to move before someone is in position to continue to move us forward will be devastation to the movement of the NAACP which has been the lead of bringing us where we are in the struggle in NC and the nation. I, Curmilus Dancy II am also a member and has been a partner of HKonJ since day one so therefore I definitely do not want to see not only Dr. Barber work to go in vain but also I don’t want to see all of the partners, members and supporters of the NAACP to go in vain as well. We have come too far to turn around. So Dr. Barber I too join in the appeal.

This is a personal and public appeal to Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II to continue as President of the North Carolina NAACP Conference of Branches until a new NAACP State President is elected during its regularly scheduled October 2017 Convention.

As social justice movement elders and as longtime, dedicated members and leaders of the NC NAACP, our primary concern is to make full use of the Great North Carolina Fusion Movement to impact the recent court decision.

On June 5, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the Berger-Moore leadership of the NC General Assembly to redraw the unconstitutional racially gerrymandered district lines which have been used in the last three election cycles. Several weeks earlier, NC NAACP President William J. Barber had announced he would turn over his President’s gavel to a temporary successor until his permanent successor is elected at the October 2017 Convention.

At the time of his announcement, Dr. Barber did not realize that in early June the Supreme Court would issue the unanimous national decision with great consequences for our democracy in North Carolina, as well as providing strong sanctions against the manipulative tactics used by extremists in NC and other states. Neither was he aware of the possible opportunity for fair, anti-racist legislative districts and a possible new election by November 2017.

It is the urgent duty of the social justice movement, including our NAACP State Conference and its many partners, to work full time on exposing the extremists’ contempt of the Court’s orders. This is the reason for this Personal and Public Appeal to Rev. Dr. Barber.

We are deeply concerned with the inaction of the NC legislature in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s strong decision, blasting the racial gerrymandering it used to gain and retain absolute control of all legislation. We are convinced that the Burger-Moore Caucus will continue to engage in all sorts of maneuvering, manipulation and avoidance tactics to generate confusion and division within the Movement. These tactics must be effectively countered. In addition, we believe maximum pressure should be brought that lifts up the compelling moral urgency to redraw lines quickly with the possibility of 2017 legislative elections.

While the Fusion Movement is much broader than the NC NAACP, as attested to by the involvement of over 200 partners, the NAACP has always been the center piece, the anchor organization, in this movement. And all would agree that Rev. Dr. Barber has been the major moral, unifying voice of the movement. In short, it would be a very inopportune time for him to turn over his gavel to a temporary replacement now.

There are other factors which prompt this unusual letter. We understand that it is possible that the NC NAACP is close to making a decision on bringing on a new Executive Director.

It would be important for Rev. Dr. Barber to be in place to assist with the orientation and transition of a new executive leader. This is especially the case in this period of political uncertainty and possible rapid developments.

We realize and appreciate that plans might be in place that prevent Rev. Dr. Barber from making the commitment we are asking him to make. Still, we want to make this direct appeal to him to remain as President of the NC NAACP through the October Convention. However, if he cannot remain through the Convention, we ask him to give thoughtful and prayerful consideration and remain as long as he can.

We have chosen to make this personal and public appeal because, while it must be a personal decision for Rev. Dr. Barber, it is at the same time a decision deeply linked to the public good. We believe it is helpful for the public–especially the public that loves, respects and supports Rev. Dr. Barber–to be aware of this appeal.

Finally, as signatories to this appeal, whatever decision Rev. Dr. Barber is led to make, we commit to continue working shoulder to shoulder with him and his successor to realize the moral vision that he has so beautifully articulated for our state, and increasingly, for our nation.

SIGNED:

Mrs. Mary Degree

Shelby

Rev. Nelson N. Johnson

Greensboro

Rev. Dr. John Mendez

Winston Salem

Rev. Nancy Petty

Raleigh

Ms. Valerea Russ

Fayetteville

Rev. Dr. Cardes H. Brown

Greensboro

Mr. Amos McClorey

Kannapolis

Mrs. Daphne Holmes-Johnson

Winston Salem

Mrs. Joyce H. Johnson

Greensboro

Atty. Al McSurely Chapel Hill

Rev. Dr. Rodney Sadler

Charlotte

Ms. Kim Porter

Winston Salem

Ms. O’Linda D. Watkins

Carthage

Mr. Reuben Blackwell Rocky Mount

Ms. Dominique Penny

Greensboro

Ms. Casandra Belcher Tripp

Greenville

My name is not on the original document but if had been notified I would have went on record as a strong supporter.

Curmilus Dancy II
Pinetops NC