Rocky Mount NC – DA Robert Evans 1st Black District Attorney East of Raleigh Since Reconstruction Interview On Local Talk Show

DA Robert Evans a former Judge was the guest on Express Yourself Weekly Radio Talk Show FM 92.1 on today. He was interviewed by co-hosts Tony Stephens and Reuben Blackwell.

DA Evans was very impressive and I love the way he expressed himself by giving some very valuable information on what his intentions are as he move forward. If he does what he says he will do I am confident that Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson Counties will see some major changes within the D.A. Office.

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AudioDA Robert Evans Former Judge Recently Appointed By Governor Beverly Perdue As The 1st Black District Attorney In The 7th Judicial District East of Raleigh

Edgecombe County – District Attorney Appointment At A Glance

Tarboro NC – NAACP and ridiculous demands?


Evans appointment is positive step toward diversity
We the Presidents of the Edgecombe, Rocky Mount and Wilson NAACP Branches support Gov. Bev Perdue’s appointment of Robert Evans, District Court Judge, as the next 7th Judicial District’s District Atto …


Enough with the ridiculous demands
I have finally had enough. I am sure the vast majority of other whites have had enough, too. If any organization gathered and demanded a white anything, what do you think the national reaction woul …

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Tarboro NC – Funny how the Daily Southerner has not commented on the D.A. Appointment

Evans is a good pick for District Attorney is from the Wilson Times. I wonder why no comment from Terry Smith Editor.

The letter to the editor ‘Put the right man in there’ made it however mines did not. My letter “Racial Makeup of the District Attorney’s Office” also didn’t make it in the other local paper the Rocky Mount Telegram. But the Wilson Times printed it.

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Rocky Mount NC – An intriguing courthouse drama, the Appointment of the D.A.

Jeff it never seems to amaze me how you can write up these stories when it includes certain folks in the community such as Knight and Blackwell. I have been active in the politics of Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson Counties since the 90’s so I am glad I don’t have to rely on this paper. You see my friend you have an upper edge on the black community because you can always say what the white community is saying and feeling and that in itself make it look like the racist white folks are not alive and well. Hell Bobby Gorham bless his soul spent much of his wealthy finances running around Rocky Mount and even got into black churches trying to silence the black city councilpersons by saying he didn’t want their input on the "Coming Together in Rocky Mount." I have had much respect for you although I very rarely agree with you, but I am about to change the way I think of you. I guess the news in the area will always be slanted since we do not have a real black reporter nor a black newspaper. This is why I video all the meetings and record on my blog what really goes on because the papers print it in a fashion many times that educated political black folks should not have a say in who represents us. How ignant. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

Note: This is my response to Jeff. I will see if he post it to his blog. He never did print my letter to the editor concerning the appointment however the Wilson Times did. Oh well.

Justice in the Twin Counties took a strange, lumbering step forward last week with the appointment of Robert Evans as new district attorney.

Evans has been a fine District Court judge for the past 10 years and will no doubt serve the Seventh Prosecutorial District equally well in his new position. His replacement has not been named, but insiders for some time have mentioned Rocky Mount City Councilman Lamont Wiggins as a strong candidate for a judgeship. Wiggins, too, would make an excellent juror. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

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Rocky Mount NC – Evans sworn in as new D.A.

More than 100 people filled the Rocky Mount Judicial Center on Friday to congratulate Robert A. Evans as he became the first black district attorney ever sworn into office in Eastern North Carolina.

Evans, a former district court judge appointed this week by Gov. Bev Perdue to replace retiring District Attorney Howard Boney, became the second black lead prosecutor in the state. As head of the Seventh Prosecutorial District, Evans will oversee cases in Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson counties. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Nash County – New D.A. Ready To Get To Work

The man tapped to become eastern Carolina’s first African-American district attorney is speaking out about his new position and the claims he only got it because of race.

Edgecombe County Judge Robert Evans says he is ready to become the top prosecutor in Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson counties. (WITN 7)

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Durham NC – 7th Judicial District Appointment of a New District Attorney Statement from Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II NC NAACP State Conference of Branches



114 W. Parrish Street, Second Floor Ÿ Durham, North Carolina 27701

866-626-2227   Ÿ    919-682-4700   Ÿ   FAX  919-682-4711

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II President

Amina J. Turner Executive Director 

Immediate Release

April 29, 2009

7th Judicial District Appointment of a New District Attorney

Press Statement by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II

President, NC State Conference of the NAACP

In 1909, when the NAACP was first founded, one of the demands by both white and black members who made up the founding body was that in order for there to be equal justice, there had to be diversity within the judicial system.  The issue of qualification was never the question.  African-Americans, minorities, and even women were denied the opportunity to serve, not based on qualifications, but based on race and gender.  The appointment by Gov. Perdue today pushes us towards closing the chapter of this legacy in the ranks of the District Attorney’s Office in one portion of eastern North Carolina.  This is a positive step and beginning and not an end for North Carolina.

Moving forward, we must make sure that Judge Robert Evans’ decision to accept the appointment to the office of the DA does not nullify the need for continuing diversity that he represented as a District Court Judge.  He was the only African-American District Court Judge in the District.  As we applaud the Governor in this appointment, we also appeal to the Governor to re-appoint an African-American in this vacated position.  Then this moves us closer to becoming One North Carolina.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.  For more information, call the State Office at 866-NC-NAACP or e-mail us at

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