Tarboro town councilman dies at age 47 – Rocky Mount Telegram

By Lindell John Kay
Staff Writer

Saturday, December 24, 2016

A memorial service is set next week for a local leader who has succumbed to cancer.

Taro Knight, a Tarboro town councilman and local high school principal, died Wednesday. He was 47.

A viewing and memorial service is set for 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Keihin Auditorium on the Edgecombe Community College campus in Tarboro.

Knight stepped down as mayor pro-tem a couple of months ago, citing his ongoing battle with cancer. He was fighting acute myeloid leukemia with chemotherapy in Greenville.

Knight was diagnosed with the condition in April shortly after taking over leadership duties of the town council when the former mayor resigned.

Knight said at the time he was devastated by the news but was optimistic.

Curmilus Dancy, a local blogger and political activist, said via social media that he has known Knight for many years, dating back to the late 1980s when Knight would appear on his radio talk show. Dancy said he and Knight worked together on several local issues over the years.

Dancy said he feels Knight played a big role in the success of North East Carolina Preparatory School, where Knight was the middle and high school principal before stepping down earlier this year due to his declining health.

Battleboro community resident Janice Hale said she was sad to hear of Knight’s death.

“He went to school with my daughter and son,” Hale commented on Knight’s online obituary. “He also was so kind to my grandson at school where he worked.”

Hale said her thoughts and prayers are with the Knight family.

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Homegoing Celebration For Taro Lovell Knight Tarboro NC

imageMy condolences goes out to Kimberly Knight and the entire family of the late Taro Lovell Knight Tarboro NC.

I have been knowing my brother my friend for many, many years dating back to the late 80’s when I had my talk show on WCPS 760 AM and Taro used to come down on Wednesday evenings with me. I remember when I educated them about politics and at one time I felt he had betrayed me because he chose to support a candidate other than the one that I was supporting. I had said that I was not going to deal with Taro anymore but then one day I said that there are some things that we can agree to disagree on. I remember during a Democratic Party meeting as I served as 3rd Vice Chair Taro a Precinct Chair told me he was going to nominate me to be the interim county chair to fill the unexpired term when Roy Gray stepped down. I was nominated and served from 1998 – 1999. Over the years we have worked on several things including the work of the NAACP and school issues. I remember when Taro became a board member at the Charter School and he knew how I felt about Charter Schools so I told him if he was going to help them get black children there to don’t allow them to use him. So when it came town for a hired position I told him he needed to get paid because Charter School board members didn’t get paid like the public school board members. I have never been on the campus of the Charter School but I heard it was beautiful out there. My ignant behind want to believe that Taro played a major role with the success of the school on today. I am so glad that I was able to support my brother and my friend during some unfavorable moments while trying to do his job before sickness came upon him.

To the family of Taro Knight know that I am just a phone call away.

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

Viewing: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 from 9:00-11:00AM at The Keihin Auditorium

Funeral Service: 11:00AM Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at Keihin Auditorium on the Edgecombe Community College Campus

Body Entrusted to: Hemby-Willoughby Funeral Homes Inc.

Fundraiser For Taro Knight Edgecome Community College Tarboro NC

Cherry Hill MBC Choir and Pines Chapel MBC Choir sang up a storm on Sunday July 31, 2016 for a fundraiser for Tarboro Councilman Interim Mayor Taro Knight and former NCEP School Director as he battle with Acute Lukemia. The fundraiser was held to help him with funds as he has to travel to Chapel Hill NC for a stem cell transplant. He must stay in the Chapel Hill area for 90 days while going through the treatment. The event was sponsored by A.A.M.E.N. (African American Men Enhancing Neighborhoods). Donations can be made to Taro Knight fund ~ Union Baptist Missionary Church PO Box 121 Tarboro NC 27886 (memo line the Care of Taro Knight). There is also a Go Fund Me Page online. Enjoy the video and the photos below.

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Gospel Concert In Honor Of Taro Knight

Concert: AAMEN (African American Men Enhancing Neighborhoods) will sponsor a gospel concert in honor of Taro Knight at 4 p.m. Sunday in the McIntyre Auditorium on the campus of Edgecombe Community College, 2009 W. Wilson St., Tarboro. The concert will feature the Edgecombe County Male Chorus, Cherry Hill Baptist Church Choir and the Pines Chapel Missionary Baptist Church Choir. Admission is free; donations will be accepted. Make checks payable to Union Baptist Church, P.O. Box 121, Tarboro N.C. 27886 (memo line” care of Taro Knight). For information, contact Na’im Akbar at 567-4604 or the Rev. Roy Gray Sr. at 883-9508.

Thank You Taro Knight My Friend, My Brother For Allowing Me To Come To Visit You

I visited Taro on Sunday evening and he and his lovely wife were both doing great. If I didn’t know any better I would not know that he was going through some temporary life challenges. He looked good and sounded good. Of course he lost some weight but he looked the same as he did when I seen him at the last council meeting. So what did I expect to see? A sick person and most of the time they have lost some weight. I didn’t need to go to know that and it tickles the hell out of me when folk go for the reason of seeing how folk look.

I normally do not go in the room to visit patients in the hospital but go to see the family sitting in the waiting area. However this visit was different because I left home knowing that I was going in to see him. Why? Because when I called to check on him he asked that I come to see him and for that I feel grateful and honored that he thinks enough of me to allow me to come and see him. Yep we have had some disagreements over the years as it related to politics but you see when brothers can have disagreements and respect one another then that is true friendship.

I told him that I had a brothering crew that we hang out together visiting the sick and eat out together and I was going to bring them with me. Oh he knew all of them. Well one was sick and he stayed in the hospital waiting lobby while we went up to see Taro. One brother was not able to make it with us and one did make it to the hospital late because he was out of town and met us there, however he didn’t go up to see him.

When folk go to the hospital they go for a real reason and folk don’t need to go just to see what they look like. The patient and the family has enough to deal with and don’t need folk interrupting their valuable time together because of nonsense. If you really care about folk in the hospital or even as they are recovering at home, then ask what you can do and they will tell you that you can come and see them or they will tell you just what you can do. Lots of times folk act like they love you more when you are going through life challenges but where were they when they needed you to stand by them as they are advocating for you or doing whatever that impact your life.

Taro has been fighting for the community for a long time and has been taking on 2 roles for several years now. He has been working for the local charter school however he started out volunteering his time. I told Taro what I thought about the charter school which was nothing but I told him if he was going to be a part of the system then he need to get paid because he needed employment. Although I still don’t think anything of the charter school systems but I respect what it means to other folk.

Taro has been sho nuff fighting on the Tarboro Town Council and I say this temporary life challenging moment that he is going through hopefully has given him time to think about all he has done for many ungrateful Negroes as he has had to deal with some sho nuff ignant racist white folk. Taro has tried to do what was in the best interest of all folk but because of the silent majority, I know what he has endured and he has not told me because I know. I have been a community activist since the late 80’s so I know what folk endure when they try to be a voice for the voiceless.

Thank you Taro my brother for all you have done. While you are going through this temporary life challenging moment think hard about how you want to move forward when you no longer face this challenge and you are ready to go back into the storm. You have been fighting for a long time for others so if you want to take some time and move on leaving politics behind, my brother you have done enough. We can only do what we do for a season however we can stay in the storm but sometimes we may need to come out and let someone else drive through the storm. But I know you, it is in your heart and you will not be satisfied if you ain’t in the storm trying to make Tarboro and Edgecombe County a better place to live, work and play.

As I stated when I called you when I learned that you were in the hospital, I am just a phone call away.

An Open Letter To Kelsie Andrews In Response To Well Ain’t Karma A Bitch!

imageI was shocked when I read on Taro Knight’s wife page around 2 weeks ago that he was in the hospital having a temporary life challenging moment. My heart was heavy not only to learn my brother and friend was in the hospital but I also thought about his wife was going to have a challenge trying to take care of him and her mother especially when she will have to travel daily from Tarboro to Greenville and trying to work. I know it is a job just trying to take care of one patient at a time but 2, wow.

I was shocked again on Saturday morning when I began receiving numerous emails about your comments. The first post I didn’t know where to find your comments. I looked on Tarboro 27886 and The Edgecombe Tribune but didn’t find anything. But before I could get to work on yesterday morning another message came in and bingo there was the screenshot.

For me your comments are unforgiveable. To say “Well ain’t Karma a bitch” and post the following link to the article, Tarboro councilman battles health threat to someone who is lying in a hospital bed going through a serious life challenge is a ignant as hell and since you do not look black I would add racist. I don’t care what your issue is with Taro this is cold-hearted as hell is hot.

I read comments that said you worked with EMT and if you do work with such an entity that deals with all folk then you need to be more sympathetic about folk. If I was ignant I would think that if you had to deal with Taro or someone whom you have an issue with, that you may mistreat them in the process. That ain’t right.

I am not speaking on behalf of Taro but I am speaking out against your ignant racist comments because we should not want to see anyone suffer with with body challenges especially when the treatment is going to last for such a long period of time.

I could ask you why you felt so strongly making such a comment publicly, but you see it does not matter because I don’t care what it is you shouldn’t want to be rejoicing in anything of such magnitude. Taro is not only going through a challenge but it affects his entirely family wife, children and other.

I could ask you why you felt so strongly making such a comment publicly, but you see it does not matter because if you cared about folk going through life challenges you would not speak out because Karma could come back to haunt your ass and it may not be you but a family member or close friend.

For me again your comments are unforgiveable but just like me, I will get over it and Taro and family will too. However you will deal with this in some type of way if nothing but it will ride your conscious for quite sometime but then again you just may not have one.


DA Found No Causes To File Sexual Harassment Charges Against Tarboro Town Councilman Taro Knight

The Political Agitator response: It is a damn shame that the Rocky Mount Telegram and the Tarboro Weekly ran several articles about Taro Knight being suspended from the North East Carolina Prep (NECP) Charter School in Tarboro recently but has yet to do an article about the DA findings.

It was reported in The Edgecombe Tribune on Wednesday October 8, 2014 that District Attorney Robert Evans found no causes to file sexual harassment charges against Tarboro Town Councilman Taro Knight, according to a report released by his office.

The article states that a former NECP teacher first filed charges against Knight with the Tarboro Police Department but that wouldn’t be right for them to handle it so they turned to the investigation over the Edgecombe County Sheriff Department to avoid a conflict of interest. After the Sheriff deputies found nothing they turned it over to the DA whom also found nothing.

Knight said he any actions that needed to remedy any erroneous and speculative reporting will be addressed by his representative.

Now this is a damn shame because obviously Knight has not done anything wrong as it relates to sexual harassment.

It is reported in the Tribune that Knight denied the allegations and a school official said denied suspending Knight for sexual harassment and did not give reasons for the suspension citing the incident was a “confidential personnel matter.”

I had stated that I question why was Knight suspended without pay after reading the newspapers and doing some homework on the issue. So now that Knight has been cleared on sexual harassment charges I hope he will be able to recoup the pay he lost while suspended. Knight has bills and a family.

Now that Knight has been cleared, the name of the accuser need to be exposed. The accuser does not need to get off the hook that easy because they ought to have had some type of clue this was not goings anywhere.

I am glad Knight and his family can begin to put this mess behind them and move forward. Receiving 30 days of pay sure would be a good start.

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Taro Knight




Tarboro NC: What Is The Real Motive? Prep school official might face criminal charges – Rocky Mount Telegram

So what in the hell was the purpose of this article? “Prep school official might face criminal charges”  Posted some of the article but read the entire article for yourself.

TARBORO – The fate of criminal prosecution on sexual harassment allegations against Tarboro Town Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Taro Knight now rests in the hands of District Attorney Robert Evans.

The Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office has wrapped up its investigation into sexual harassment allegations that resulted in Knight being suspended without pay for 30 days from his position as director of operations at North East Carolina Preparatory School.

“We have been investigating the charges of sexual harassment,” Edgecombe County Sheriff James Knight said. “We have turned our information over to the district attorney to see if there are criminal aspects to it.

“It is still considered an ongoing investigation until the district attorney decides what to do with it.”

Evans could not be reached for comment on the status of his office’s investigation into the matter and specifically what would constitute any criminal aspects of sexual harassment.

Specifically asked if there are and what would be any potential criminal aspects to sexual harassment, N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper’s office deferred any answers.

“That’s a very good question, but one that would best be directed to a local district attorney office,” N.C. Department of Justice Public Information Officer Noelle Talley said. “In North Carolina, DAs have authority to bring criminal charges under state law and would probably be in a position to know if criminal charges for sexual harassment are possible.”

Like the real motive behind all of this. Is it “they” are trying to silence the Mayor Pro-tem of Tarboro because he has been vocal about what is going on with the Tarboro Town Council.

It is clear in my opinion that there is a hidden agenda behind all of this mess. I may be wrong but then again I ain’t never been wrong but one time and I found out I was really right? LMBAO!

The racist never seems to amaze me with their comments. This is the type of information that racist put out to try to discredit the black man instead of going on the facts as presented in the paper. Where is it stated that he has been found guilty of a sexual crime? I have read and been told that the investigation was about harassment and not sexual harassment.

But these same racist got the facts as presented in the papers on the former Town Manager Sam Nobles and the current Mayor Rick Page but they don’t want to talk about them in the article in this paper as well.

The school’s governing body will hold its regular meeting Monday at 7 p.m., and board Chairman Dr. Jeffrey Alejandro said the matter will not come before the board.

“To my knowledge, nothing additional will be done,” Alejandro said. “We have addressed the issue and issued punishment. There is no further discussion of the issue on the agenda.”

So it appears the investigation is over Knight will be going back to work on Monday October 6 so why the ignant comments? Oh because it is typical of Edgecombe and Nash Counties finest racist.

Why would Tarboro Town Manager Rick Page be talking to the newspaper about an issue that obviously he does not have the facts. Goes to show that he is obviously trying to comment because Knight has been vocal about Page’s issue with the State Auditor’s findings, LGC and now the SBI investigating him. I am guessing that Page and some others must be thinking his issue will go away if they could remove Knight from the council. SMDH!

But seriously I am having a hard time following the articles surrounding this issue of North East Prep suspends operations director. First of all why was he suspended without pay? It appears that the reporter tried to make an article out of the very little information that was shared with him by the school system so therefore it appears to me that he is listening to some street folks and trying to make the article appear to be about sexual harassment when I read into only harassment.

The reporter states: “The handbook defines harassment as “offensive remarks, jokes or slurs pertaining to an individual’s race, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or any other protected status defined by law;” but read the definitions he states here. This makes it appear that it is all about sexual harassment but from what I have heard in the streets has been sexual harassment but when I read the article I don’t get that. When I asked Knight he assured me it was not sexual harassment.

What I am trying to figure out is why did Mayor Rick Page who is under investigation by the SBI as it relates to the NC State Auditor’s Findings and the Local Government Commission have so much to say about the issue instead of just waiting for the complete investigation to be over? “Tarboro Mayor Rick Page said the procedure for council members who might have violated the code of ethics would be for the council “to discuss the matter to see if it should take action.” But my question is with the issue of Page himself why he does not fall under the code of ethics? But race has nothing to do with it!

Sources say some folks who wants to see Mayor Pro-tem Knight removed from the council because he has been very vocal about the issue going on with the NC State Auditor’s Findings as it relates to the former Town Manager Sam Nobles and current Town Manager Rick Page which has been turned over to the SBI along with the town waiting on a response from a letter asking Nobles and Page to address their requests.

It appears from what I am hearing and have read on a local Facebook page is that some folks want to compare the issue with Knight, Nobles and Page which in my opinion are not close to being the same.

Read all of the articles about Taro Knight for yourself and see what you get out of them and then do your own homework and see what you come up with. That is how I roll. Oh well not everybody roll like that because they don’t want the truth to be made known but just want what they want which is not about what is fair and just.

Hell yeah it is about RACE!

But for the record, if Knight is guilty of a criminal charge I will speak to that but at this point I have not seen anything in writing that I feel I should believe any criminal activity has taken place.

See related:

Rick Page Mayor Tarboro Town Council 

Sam Nobles Former Tarboro Town Manager

Breaking News – NC House 23 Candidates Will All Be On WNCR TV For A Debate Tuesday April 29, 2014

Bronson Williams, Taro Knight, Shelly Willingham and Rusty Holderness will be on WNCR-TV Tuesday April 29, 2014 9:00 PM for a debate. Darla Slipke County, Political reporter for The Rocky Mount Telegram will be the moderator.

I am trying to figure out where the questions will come from since there will not be an audience present to submit questions before the show begin.

Well I can’t wait to see this debate because I am very much concerned who will be elected.

Note: Bronson Williams announced this on WCPS Radio during an interview on this morning.

Tarboro NC: Knight to seek state house seat? – Daily Southerner

TARBORO — Tarboro Mayor Pro Tem Taro Knight is seriously considering running for North Carolina House District 23 seat currently held by Rep. Joe Tolson. Tolson, 63, is a retired educator from Pinetops who is serving his 17th year as District 23 representative as a Democrat.

Tolson said during a telephone interview with The Daily Southerner that he will not seek re election. (Source)

Enthusiasm contagious at NECPS open house – The Daily Southerner

TARBORO — The enthusiasm at the former Tarboro Edgecombe Academy was contagious at Monday’s “back-to-school” night for Edgecombe County’s new public charter school, North East Carolina Prep School (NECPS). Parents and teachers alike expressed their excitement about today’s first day of school. (More)

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North East Carolina Prep School

Breaking News: Tarboro NC – Taro Knight Will Be The Director of Communications/Community Outreach For The North East Carolina Prep Charter School In Edgecombe County

Taro Knight has resigned his post as chair of the North East Carolina Prep Charter School in Edgecombe County. Taro will take on the position of Director of Communications/Community Outreach.

Stay tuned for more information about the temporary location of the NECP Charter School for the upcoming school year.

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North East Carolina Prep

Breaking News – Sources Say Taro Knight Has Resigned As The Board Chair For The North East Carolina Prep School

Sources tell The DCN that Taro Knight has resigned as the board chair for the North East Prep School. Sources say he will be hired a staff person. I have not spoken to Knight but will attempt to reach him later today to verify this information.

NECP: Charter school won’t affect ECPS – Daily Southerner (Interesting black board member is chair)

Response: I find it very interesting that the black board member is the chair. I had not heard who the chair is until reading this paper.  He is the only black board member. So is NECP trying to draw in black children especially. Wow! Sure would love to have been at the table to hear the discussions about trying to start up NECP.

So am I understanding this right that the reason the founders of NECP wants to do this thing is because of the following research, "What we found in our research is that there are roughly 10,000 school age children in the county and only 7,200 go to school here. So, a lot of the students are being home-schooled or going to private school in other counties or other parts of the state. We would like to capture some of that population and bring them back to Edgecombe County."

"I’m trying to get someone to convince me that it is a bad idea," NECP Chairman Taro Knight, a graduate of an ECPS (Tarboro High) school, said. "If I thought that this charter school would be detrimental to our public school, I would be the first one out. I’ve tried to get an argument against it and nobody can present a good one based on facts. It (NECP) is good for the county, it gives people another choice."

Again I would love to have been at the table to hear the discussions about trying to start up NECP and then I could respond to the chair. But since I don’t know the discussion I don’t have a comment.  C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

Daily Southerner – With the announcement of the new charter school opening in Tarboro this fall, Edgecombe County Public Schools (ECPS) could lose administrators, teachers, students and money. (More)

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New Edgecombe charter school works toward fall opening – Friday March 2, 2012 Rocky Mount Telegram
Response: This is a very, very interesting article. This talks about offering sports and blacks wanting smaller classrooms. But when I was in school we had about 30 children in a classroom and the size was not an issue but the quality of the teacher and the teacher aide. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

North East Prep School

Edgecombe County Public Schools