Without a transformative revolution in policy making, reparations for American slavery will likely never come. But the truth is there was a time when formerly enslaved Blacks were made a promise that the government failed to deliver on.

The proverbial phrase “40 acres and a mule” has become a tagline for what we are owed, and history tells us exactly how that came to be.

From 1861 to 1865, Union soldiers confiscated nearly 400,000 acres of land spanning from South Carolina to Florida. As they proceeded down the coast, displaced enslaved Blacks from southern plantations that had been overtaken followed the troops until the Union could no longer support or protect them. (Push Black)


Press Release: Edgecombe County Sheriff Office Arrest Man Impersonating A Deputy Sheriff


On 09/07/17, the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office received reports of a man impersonating a Deputy Sheriff. The man was identifying himself as an Edgecombe County Deputy Sheriff to women waiting to pick their children up from Bullock School. Detectives investigated the reports and found Bennie Leon Hurst at Bullock School. After Hurst left the school, Detective Sergeant Tinder performed a traffic stop on him to confront him about his activities. Tinder could see a shotgun in the hatchback of Hurst’s vehicle when he walked up. He immediately took Hurst into custody and transported him to the Sheriff’s Office. There, Hurst admitted to his activities.

Hurst was charged with Felony Possession of a Firearm on Educational Property and Impersonating Law Enforcement. He was placed in the Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond.

Sheriff Atkinson would like to thank the concerned citizens whose calls started the investigation, the school Administrators at Bullock School for their assistance, and the Detectives and Deputies who investigated and made the arrest.

Bennie Leon Hurst DOB-03/21/68

1805 MLK Dr. Rocky Mount

Butterfield: NC Republicans’ Vote Against Harvey Relief Package Damaging to Matthew Recovery Efforts


For Immediate Release

Date:  September 8, 2017

Contact: Meaghan Lynch

Office:    (202) 225.3101

Butterfield: NC Republicans’ Vote Against Harvey Relief Package

Damaging to Matthew Recovery Efforts

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement in response to the House of Representatives’ vote on the Senate-passed package to help those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and other natural disasters that occurred in Fiscal Year 2017:

“Today, I voted to send $15.25 billion in critical aid to those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and disasters that occurred in fiscal year 2017 like Hurricane Matthew that devastated many areas of my district.  The bill passed the House and will now be forwarded to President Trump for his signature, but the legislation passed without the support of several Republican members of Congress from North Carolina. 

“I continue to work hard to address the ongoing needs in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, and I am deeply disappointed in my colleagues in the North Carolina delegation; George Holding (NC-02), Virginia Foxx (NC-05), Mark Walker (NC-06), David Rouzer (NC-07), Richard Hudson (NC-08), Mark Meadows (NC-11), and Ted Budd (NC-13); who were among the 90 Republican representatives who voted against today’s legislation.  Their actions potentially imperil my efforts to secure recovery money for eastern North Carolina in the 2018 budget. 

“The devastation caused by these storms is a tragedy, and Congress must act to protect these communities.  North Carolinians, especially, know the road to recovery after a storm can be long and painful.  Our state is still struggling to recover from devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew, and my North Carolina colleagues who opposed today’s legislation have a responsibility to not jeopardize future funding for our state when natural disasters occur.”