Recognize Folk For What They Have Done And Not Just Because They Are Your Friends Or Just Because They Hold A Title

Over the years I have seen folk being recognized and honored for what they have supposedly done. But I have questioned why many folk were recognized when I already knew that these folk were recognized just because they were friends and/or just because of the titles they held.

But my problem is many of these folk have stood for nothing.

If you have been recognized for achievements are your name in the minutes speaking out against injustice in local government, school board meetings and other? Are you in the videos?

I have seen many folk who have spoken out who have not been recognized because they don’t hold titles but put their lives on the line fighting injustices.

As we approach the Dr. MLK Holiday I am going to see who are recognized in Edgecombe and surrounding counties because I know folk in these areas.

I am sick and tired of folk who have not and will not speak up but get the recognition while the real fighters are not recognized.

This year I am going to recognize folk who are real fighters in my opinion based on what I know about them. I been around so I know who have done what when it comes to fighting locally however I know many across the state who are fighters as well.

The DCN News Blog Online TV Hall Of Fame, Who Is Viola Harris?

This year I am going to be recognizing folk who are conscious and making a contribution in helping to make Edgecombe County a better place to live.

I am so glad I know our elected officials, community leaders and folk as a whole. I know who are speaking up and speaking out.

Edgecombe County could be far better off if it was not for jealousy and envy. Over the years I have been in the presence of folk who have talked about folk who are speaking up and speaking out making a difference in making Edgecombe County a better place to live work and play.

Who is Viola Harris?

Viola Harris is one of the 1st black children to go to North Edgecombe during integration. She has worked as reporter with the former Daily Southerner Newspaper that was located in Tarboro before shutting down and The Rocky Mount Telegram. She later went to work in a local attorney office in Tarboro until the attorney killed himself. Harris has been employed by Edgecombe Community College for several years. She was appointed to the board of Edgecombe County Commissioners to fill the unexpired term of Dr. Florence Arnold Armstrong when she left the county to go teach in Virginia.

Harris was elected as an Edgecombe County Commissioner for around 15 years and has served the county well. She has served on numerous boards locally and across the state and has served as chair of state boards and committees representing Edgecombe County well. She has taken a lot of heat from local folk especially from folk who are just jealous and folk in Princeville whereby she serve as their representative. One local board I want to mention that Harris has been a part of in the county is the Ebonnette Club where she has worked dealing with recognizing young folk in the county.

Harris has done a hell of a job representing Edgecombe County.

I was there when as a member of the Edgecombe County Democratic Party Executive Committee when she was appointed to the Edgecombe County Commissioners and I suggested to those who could vote for her to do so since she didn’t live in my district.

Thank you Commissioner Viola Harris for your years of service.

Today I welcome Viola Harris Edgecombe County Commissioner The DCN News Blog Online TV.

Jenkins receives another honor – The Daily Southerner

TARBORO — When it comes to accomplishments and achievements, Tarboro Vikings soccer coach Leshaun Jenkins doesn’t like to acknowledge the fact he is being awarded for his performances as a coach, because that is his job.

With what Jenkins has done on the soccer field for the Vikings program over the past 11 years has gained him a lot of honors, such as five time Eastern Plains Conference Coach of the Year and Regional Coach of the Year. (More)

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Coach Leshaun Jenkins

The DCN Hall Of Fame Leshaun Trekel Jenkins

I have been knowing Leshaun for many years. I have been knowing his mom and dad nearly all of my life. Several years ago I was reading The Tarboro Daily Southerner and I seen an article on Leshaun coaching tennis. I said I know him and he was a graduate of SouthWest Edgecombe my alma mater. And then I read about him coaching basketball and soccer. But I had the opportunity to see him in action coaching basketball. He was not as successful in basketball as the other sports but his professionalism as it relates to the sport and teaching the players skills and discipline was above par. Leshaun has done some good things with the students he has been coaching. I am so proud of Leshaun. I could tell you about Leshaun but my philosophy is I can tell my story better than anyone else so I am going to let Leshaun tell you his story.

Who are you?

Leshaun Trekel Jenkins

Who are your parents?

Barbara Jenkins
Charles Edwards

What is the name of the town you lived in in Edgecombe County?

Born and raised in Pinetops, NC (have lived in Tarboro most of my professional career.

What schools did you attend?

Elementary: Carver Elementary
Middle: South Edgecombe Middle School
High School: SouthWest Edgecombe

Did you attend a church in Edgecombe County? If yes church’s name and pastor’s name.
Did not attend a church growing up, but now I am a faithful member of Eastern Star Missionary Baptist Church (Pastor: Rev. Kelly R. Andrews)

Where do you reside now?

Tarboro, NC

Are you single, married or in a relationship? Spouse or significant other name if you are not single.

Happily married to Anchelle D. Barnes Jenkins

Children names and ages.
No children yet

What is your profession?

Teacher (entering 12th year)

Coach Jenkins Coaching Profile

2003 EPC Soccer Coach of the Year

2003 JV Basketball Coach of the Year

2005 EPC Soccer Coach of the Year

2006 EPC Soccer Coach of the Year

2008 EPC Soccer Coach of the Year

2009 EPC Soccer Coach of the Year

2010 EPC Soccer Coach of the Year

2006 Regional Soccer Coach of the Year

2007 Regional Soccer Coach of the Year

2008 Regional Soccer Coach of the Year

2009 Regional Soccer Coach of the Year

2010 Regional Soccer Coach of the Year

2003 Tarboro HS Coach of the Year

2011 Tarboro HS Coach of the Year

2012 Women’s Regional Soccer Coach of the Year

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Career Men’s Soccer Record: 154 wins-56 loses-13 ties

(10 seasons)

Career Women’s Soccer Record: 7 wins 5 loses 4 ties

(1 season)

Overall Career Mark: 161-61-17

EPC Champions: 03 05 06 08 09 10

EPC Tournament Champions: 2007 2009 2010

NC State Playoffs (boys): 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11

NC State Playoffs (girls): 12

JV EPC Basketball Champions 2003 Coach Jenkins Coaching Profile

2003 EPC Soccer Coach of the Year

2003 JV Basketball Coach of the Year

2005 EPC Soccer Coach of the Year

2006 EPC Soccer Coach of the Year

2008 EPC Soccer Coach of the Year

2009 EPC Soccer Coach of the Year

2010 EPC Soccer Coach of the Year

2006 Regional Soccer Coach of the Year

2007 Regional Soccer Coach of the Year

2008 Regional Soccer Coach of the Year

2009 Regional Soccer Coach of the Year

2010 Regional Soccer Coach of the Year

2003 Tarboro HS Coach of the Year

2011 Tarboro HS Coach of the Year

2012 Women’s Regional Soccer Coach of the Year

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Career Men’s Soccer Record: 154 wins-56 loses-13 ties

(10 seasons)

Career Women’s Soccer Record: 7 wins 5 loses 4 ties

(1 season)

Overall Career Mark: 161-61-17

EPC Champions: 03 05 06 08 09 10

EPC Tournament Champions: 2007 2009 2010

NC State Playoffs (boys): 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11

NC State Playoffs (girls): 12

JV EPC Basketball Champions 2003
What inspired you to do what you do?

Growing up in poverty taught me some tough lessons. Lessons on faith, socio-economics, tenacity, perserverance, etc..When you are poor, you don’t really know how poor you are until that one day that you actually acquire things and you look back and realize just how bad your situation was..but I always knew I would be successful, and I always told myself that I would commit my life to helping kids who grew up like me..single parent household, at risk, and hopeless.  But today, I know where my help comes from, and I am so glad that the spirit of god lives in me and inspires me to reach out to a dying generation of young and old to motivate and inspire them to be that absolute best that they can be, by any means necessary!

Who inspired you to do what you do?

My main source of inspiration came first from my mom.  Rather our lights were on or off, rather there was food or not, rather we were being evicted or not b/c we could not pay the rent, my mom imposed a standard that I WOULD be a great student and I WOULD perform to the best of my ability and the receive the most quality education that I could.

Name a few people that you have met outside of Edgecombe County that have been an inspiration to you?

God has blessed me to travel the world.  Too see hopeless kids in Rwanda (East Africa), that inspired me. To see people living in Tin dwellings in Costa Rica, that inspires me. To go to school everyday and see young people who have been abused, and neglected, and degraded, and verbally broken, that motivates me.  My college tennis coach at East Carolina was a meek man who let his light shine…that inspired me and finally Dr. Spaulding, my college professor who ignited my passion for Africa…she inspired me.

What would you like to say to the people of Edgecombe County especially young folks?

 

I would like to say greater is he who is in you that he that is in the world. Each one of you have greatness in you.  Why settle for a mediocre life, if GOD has already promised you that you can be great. Not just in sports, but in character, academics, morals, ethics..everything you so desire to do or be, you can be great at it…on top of that after god created you to be great, he then promised you that you can do ALL things through him !  So don’ t go through life waiting for people to validate you and to approve what you are capable of..you are already validated…God has already stamped you with his approval and is waiting for you to step out on faith where he will meet you and your potential!

Do you have contact information that you would love to share with others such as phone number, website, blog, twitter and/or etc.

Twitter: @rwandafan
Facebook: Leshaun Jenkins

See related:

The DCN Hall of Fame Edgecombe County Inductees

The DCN Hall of Fame 2012 Quenesha McNair

I have been knowing Quenesha nearly all of her life. I knew Quenesha would go places and do some great things in life. I am so proud of Quenesha. I could tell you about Quenesha but my philosophy is I can tell my story better than anyone else so I am going to let Quenesha tell you her story.

Who are you?

 

Quenesha McNair
 
Who are your parents?

Bobby Thomas and Donald Ray McNair
 
What is the name of the town you lived in in Edgecombe County? 

Pinetops 
 
What schools did you attend?

Elementary – G.W. Carver
Middle – South Edgecombe
High School – SouthWest Edgecombe
 
Did you attend a church in Edgecombe County? If yes church’s name and pastor’s name.

Pines Chapel Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Dr. Butler McKinnon
 
Where do you reside now?

Washington DC
 
Are you single, married or in a relationship? Spouse or significant other name if you are not single.

Single

Children names and ages. 

None
 
What is your profession?

Entrepreneur in the direct sales, commercial real estate and non-profit industries
 
What inspired you to do what you do?

Exposure.  After graduating college and seeing the world, it became clear where I wanted to plant my feet and build my legacy.  Entreprenuership has been the route that has provided the freedom to engage and excel in such varying industries.  Commercial real estate has always been fascinating and it is my intention to actively engage in commercial and residential real estate development, so to consult in the industry in one of the most fascinating cities in this country has been of huge benefit.  Direct sales as an industry provides amazing financial and personal development opportunity to individuals seeking to make significant financial impact in their lives.  It is one of the few industries that allows you to build residual and willable income which changes the dynamic of your last name forever (something that a job won’t do) and I really have been impressed with what the company I represent (5Linx) has offered me.  My non-profit, beGlobal, and other charities that I consult for have given me a chance to employ my compassion and great desire to improve the lives of others through my work.  It is both enriching and rewarding.
 

Who inspired you to do what you do? 


Many people along the way.  I have always been very careful when choosing my leaders because it is true (like the Bible says) that you can determine the health of a tree by judging its fruit and I learned a long time ago that being grown or being in leadership doesn’t equate to being a good leader.  However, I have been blessed to have been guided, counseled and supported by some of the best ever.  Leaders such as Margaret Knight – she taught me professionalism.  Helen Collins and Travis Vines – I have observed their business savvy over the years and that has influenced my direction.  Pamela Bundy – she was the first African American female real estate developer to break into the market in DC and someone that I have a lot of admiration and respect for.  Tupac Derenoncourt – I have watched him grow his income to over $50,000/month in 4.5 years with this 5Linx opportunity and I have personally known him since I was a freshman in college.  As his colleague and mentee, I don’t know of anyone (Pastors included) with more impeccable character.  I have a huge amount of respect for him.  And lastly my Mom – she has a heart of gold and she lives her life to serve others.  She is the most undercover giver I know and I know that she is ultimately responsible for all of who I am and why I have the ambition and fortitude that I have.
 
What would you like to say to the people of Edgecombe County especially young folks?

Things have changed a lot since I was growing up in Pinetops and what is most obviously different is the economic conditions of the community.  I can respect that many youth may feel that they don’t have a reason to dream and aspire to greatness with such modest conditions being their current reality, but I encourage them to think otherwise.  The ability to dream is what gets you out of ANY situation.  Whether you need to fuel your dreams through reading or exposure to other areas, DREAM!  Without a dream, you settle for what you see and who you believe you are. 
 

I have always had mentors and I know that has been the reason I have been able to achieve what I have achieved up until this point, and I will continue to have mentors as they help you to get to your next great place.  So definitely find a mentor and understand how to have a valuable relationship with that mentor.  I have worked for my mentors, volunteered to serve my mentors, etc. all to add value to their lives while benefitting from being in their presence.

Choose your friends wisely.  I have been in and out of a lot of circles in my lifetime because I enjoy being around people who want what I want.  One bad decision can totally change the direction of your life and fortunately, you can determine alot about where people are going by observing their activity.  So I find that it is good to be aware of your surroundings. 

Lastly, have self-respect.  And self-respect doesn’t mean representing some gang or include violence and negative activities.  That is actually a sign of stupidity and weakness.  Gangs are wack.  Always have been and always will be.  That is why the people who formed those gangs are no longer affiliated.  Self-respect means knowing that you are greater than any negative circumstance, situation, socio-economic status, etc.  Self-respect means putting your best foot forward.  When you carry your life in that manner, you are sure to not be a failure.
 
Do you have contact information that you would love to share with others such as phone number, website, blog, twitter and/or etc.


Email is the best way to reach me – quenesham@yahoo.com.  I am really interested in sharing this phenomenal business opportunity with 5Linx with anyone who is interested in earning extra income weekly.  The website for the business is http://www.aplanbforme.com/ and I can be reached via email to discuss the opportunity.  Also, beGlobal is on the rise – updates will be made available via the website at http://www.teensbeglobal.org/.  I can be found on Facebook using my name Quenesha McNair.

See related:

The DCN Hall of Fame Edgecombe County Inductees

Coming Soon The DCN Hall of Fame

The DCN Hall of Fame will promote people who have ties to Edgecombe County be it you were born and raised here. You can also qualify if your parents/parent’s parents were born and raised here.

It is my desire to let the world know that Edgecombe County produces good people. So if you or someone whom you know are doing something that you feel could be inspiring to others as it relates to being a productive citizen as it relates to high school/college accomplishments,  business profession ie: sports high school/college/professional, entertainment and other. I am proud of you and would like to share your accomplishments with my readers at The DCN News Blog/Online TV.

If you or you know someone whom meets the qualifications above please email me to receive a questionnaire. Once the questionnaire is filled out I will determine if you will be featured in The DCN Hall of Fame.

Thanking you in advance and I wish you continued success.