A Moment In Education: Rocky Mount Haters

The haters in Rocky Mount that current live there or have moved a way why are you just mad?

You haters keep talking about Rocky Mount is just a bad place to live, work and play. Really!

I find it quite interesting that ya’ll continue to hate when construction continue downtown and throughout the city. New businesses continue to open and/or relocate.

The haters keep talking about crime. Crime in Rocky Mount is no different than crime in other areas.

The problem is the haters continue to mislead folk with half-trues putting out mess that ain’t right especially on WHIG-TV, Community Council and Rocky Mount Telegram via comments be it following articles, Letters to Editors and Speak Up. The haters do not know how the Rocky Mount Government works. They don’t do any homework just get sound bites from the sources I just mentioned.

Folk stop listening to the haters without doing your own research but all means listen to them so you can see who the haters.


Video: A Moment In Education: Tarboro NC – Edgecombe County Public Schools Board Chooses John W. Edmondson Jr. To Fill Board Vacancy Until The People Vote In May 2014

First of all the board agenda 1st order of business was to open the meeting and then to go into closed session. Then they were to go back into open session and interview the candidates. And then after that they were to vote.

Next was Recognition on the agenda.

Rev. Roosevelt Higgs asked the board to change the Public Comments before the process of choosing the new board member. I was the other person to sign up along with Higgs.

Higgs talked about the make up of the District 7 has changed from a white majority to a black majority. He asked the board to consider replacing the vacancy with an African American.

I followed Higgs and stated that every time a vacancy come up we have this discussion about how the board should carry out doing the appointment process. I said I wanted to see the board allow us to see the candidates in action because I only know one of the candidates and that way I could learn more about the other person.

I could have come in and said I was there to support one person over the other but if I had the opportunity to hear both sides then I could make an informed decision.

Now a little history of the candidates. John W. Edmondson Jr. an Embarq employee has an office in Tarboro now versus working out of Greenville during the time he previously served on the board. Former board member Faye Taylor who recently resigned defeated Edmondson during the election 4 years ago. So obviously the people didn’t want Edmondson to represent them by the way they voted.

Faye Taylor served on the former Edgecombe County Social Services Board which was replaced with the new Edgecombe County Human Services Board until she recently resigned from that board also. Taylor and candidate Marva Scott Social Services Director bumped heads.

I don’t know Scott personally but I have read about her, talked to some folks who knows her both for and against her. I have attended one Human Services Board meeting and have not been able to attend others due to basketball games held on their meeting nights. But the meeting that I attended, I was very, very impressed with her presentation.

Scott had sued and won a lawsuit in a previous county where she was employed before she was hired in Edgecombe County. Scott was fired here in Edgecombe County while Taylor was on the Social Services Board. Scott won yet another lawsuit this time against Edgecombe County and she had to be re-employed with the county.

It appears that Scott is one smart damn black woman and obviously quite of few folks are intimidated by her black and white, male and female.

I have not attended a school board meeting in several months. I begin attending the meetings after basketball season ends. I will begin to attend both the School Board meeting and the Human Services Board meeting in March.

The vote tonight turned out just like I thought it would. I felt the vote would go just like it did. I was not surprised that Edmondson would receive all of the white votes. I also was not surprised that Edmondson would receive Dr. Evelyn Johnson and Evelyn Wilson votes because they along with the other white board members were on the board with Edmondson. I didn’t have an opinion of how the other black female Olga Dickens would vote because she had not served on the board with Edmondson. Dickens was appointed and then elected during the last election. Dickens was the only one to vote for Scott.

Now for my ignant damn opinion. I have much respect for Edmondson but I feel that listening to the interview, if I was able to comment I would have supported Scott. Why? Because if I was to grade the interview I would have to give Scott a higher grade. I feel Scott would bring more resources to the table and would be a greater asset to the board because of her profession. But I can’t tell it nor can the local newspaper tell the story better than the video that I will provide coming soon. The difference between the local newspapers and myself is I attend meetings, I video them and I give my opinion of what happened. I make the video available for those who do not attend the meeting to be able to watch the video and make an informed decision for themselves.

And for Edmondson and Scott because unlike the local newspaper reporters who get paid, I work for me without pay and because of my free services they both will be able to see themselves how they interviewed. On top of that during the interview session first Scott was asked to leave the room so she could not hear the interview of Edmondson. When Edmondson interview was over he was sent out to the same room that Scott was in.

Well there you have it, another moment in education.

Watch video of the meeting.

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Rocky Mount Telegram


Thank You Leshaun Jenkins For A Moment In Education As It Relates To The Boyz In Da Hood

Response: What an awesome moment in education.
Watching Boyz In Da Hood..and let me say that it is the most prophetic movie that I have ever seen. John Singletary wrote this powerful "hood movie" in 1990 depicting life in the "hood". This was a forewarning 24 years ago of the dangers and challenges that were in the making in low socio-economical communities. As I am watching this movie, its so scary the things that were placed on the big screen 24 years ago are a reality now like:

1. The power of poverty-when people live an impoverished life physically, it then becomes mental; its at this point that people believe all lies and depictions that society has formed about them.

2. The power of an education-Ricks ticket out of the hood was supposedly his football scholarship to USC…when in reality his ticket out was his education, and not his athleticism; that just adds a cherry on top.

3.The power of a lack of ethics-Rick was in high school with a live in girlfriend, and a baby under his mothers roof…not forming an opinion about teenage pregnancy, but its hard not for a teen to get pregnant with the lifestyle is already endorsed culturally and familiarly.

4. The power of an absent father-I certainly don’t want to insinuate that a kid cant be successful without a present father (I’m a living witness), but I will say a present "Real" dad with help offset pressures of joining a gang an or pressures of identify themselves by street expectations. NO real man is going to allow his son to cohabitate in his house and the streets.

THIS IS A POWERFUL TEACHING TOOL IN THE FORM OF A MOVIE…B/c most people have attention span issues, I am going to cut my post right here, but if you have not seen Boyz In Da Hood, watch it!