Raleigh NC – Bills to change public school rules

School suspension notice requirements will be standardized, and the mandatory high school graduation project won’t be required once two bills championed by N.C. Rep. Angela Bryant become laws. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Wilson NC – Three vie for vacant judgeship Perdue has until August to name appointment

Gov. Bev Perdue is reviewing three potential candidates to replace former District Court Judge Robert Evans and hopes to make a decision in the coming weeks, a spokeswoman for the governor said this week.

Perdue, who in April appointed Evans to replace retiring District Attorney Howard Boney, must choose between . . . (Rocky Mount Telegram)


At the specific urging of the NC NAACP and other leaders, Gov. Beverly Perdue has ordered, through Executive Order No. 13 titled ”Support for Historically Underutilized Businesses,” that ”Each executive branch agency should strive to increase the total amount of goods and services acquired by it from HUB (historically underutilized businesses) firms, whether directly as principal contractors or indirectly as subcontractors, or otherwise.” (The Wilmington Journal)

Wilson NC – Replace Evans with an African-American judge

The 7th Judicial Bar met last week and 3 names were chosen to be presented to Governor Perdue. The bar chose Anthony Brown black male, (got the most votes), Sharon Sprinkle white female, and Millicent Graves black female. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

We would like to thank Gov. Perdue for appointing Robert Evans as the 7th Judicial District’s district attorney. His appointment signified the beginning of a new era of diversity and hope for our state and for justice in eastern North Carolina. We believe that he will serve our district with dignity, fairness and skill. (The Wilson Times)

My comments submitted to The Wilson Times.

These are some ignant comments. To compare the NAACP to the KKK is just funny as hell.

If all of the offices were diverse there would be no demands or anything to talk about. But since there is only one black D.A. and at the moment no black judge since Robert Evans is now the D.A. Oh well some folks want to divert from the real truth.


Wilson NC – Bar names 3 nominees to replace judge Governor must make decision by June 1

Attorney Lamont Wiggins didn’t make the cut, I wonder why? C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

The Seventh Judicial District of the N.C. Bar Association submitted three names Tuesday for Gov. Bev Perdue to consider as potential replacements for former N.C. District Court Judge Robert Evans. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Raleigh NC- ABC chief quits over racist illustration

Gov. Beverly Perdue asked for — and received — the resignation of N.C. Alcoholic Beverage Commission Chairman Doug Fox today, hours after newspapers gave Perdue’s office a copy of a racist photo illustration sent from Fox’s e-mail address after the election in November.

The e-mail included an altered photo of the White House that turned the South Lawn into an enormous watermelon patch. The phrase “There goes the neighborhood…” was printed above the photo. (News & Observer)

Raleigh NC – Perdue Appoints Evans to Fill Out Term As Top Prosecutor for Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson Counties

Press Release

Chrissy Pearson

(919) 733-0767

Perdue Appoints Evans to Fill Out Term As Top Prosecutor for Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson Counties

Gov. Bev Perdue today appointed District Court Judge Robert A. Evans of Rocky Mount to serve as district attorney in the Seventh Prosecutorial District.  The Seventh District encompasses Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson counties. Evans will complete the current term of Howard S. Boney Jr., who is retiring after more than 30 years of public service as district attorney.

"Judge Evans has the respect and confidence of the public, law enforcement and attorneys in the Seventh District. The citizens of Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson counties will be well-served and should have every confidence that justice will be administered fairly by District Attorney Evans," said Gov. Perdue.

Judge Evans has served as a District Court Judge for the Seventh Judicial District since being appointed by Governor Jim Hunt in 1999.  Evans grew up in Rocky Mount and graduated from the Rocky Mount public schools.  He received his bachelor’s from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and law degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. From 1977 to 1999, he practiced law in Rocky Mount.

He is the former president of the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce, which named him Citizen of the Year in 2007. He is active in his community and served on numerous boards, including the Board of Trustees at North Carolina Wesleyan College.

Judge Evans’ first official day as District Attorney will be May 1, 2009.

See related:

Edgecombe County – District Attorney Appointment At A Glance

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

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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 execdirnaacpnc@gmail.com.

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Edgecombe County – District Attorney Appointment At A Glance



For Immediate Release: April 29, 2009

More Information: Call Andre’ Knight, Pres. Rocky Mount NAACP at (252) 544-2949

Presidents of the Edgecombe, Rocky Mount and Wilson NAACP Branches support Gov. Bev Perdue’s appointment today of Robert Evans, District Court Judge as the next 7th Judicial District’s District Attorney. Evans will be the first black District Attorney in the history of eastern North Carolina. “This is history unfolding before our eyes,” said Ms. Yolanda Thigpen, Edgecombe County NAACP President. “We are pleased with the selection of Judge Evans. He has a reputation of fairness, strength and conscience. This bodes well for the course of justice in the district.”

“Governor Perdue has heard our appeal. We applaud her courage and objectivity,” said Andre’ Knight, Rocky Mount NAACP President. “However, we are sober in our expectations that this will not be a ‘one for one’ exchange. Judge Evans’ current position will be left vacant. Gov. Perdue still has the expectation of this district to keep diversity at the forefront of her considerations in filling the unexpired term of the District Court judgeship.”

“This is just the beginning of change in our justice system,” said Alonzo Braggs, Wilson NAACP President. “Now, instead of having one district attorney out of 44 in North Carolina, we have two. As we said before, diversity brings strength, not weakness. Gov. Perdue has brought encouragement and hope to all of North Carolina. But we need to demand more of our citizens and our elected officials. Our state is populated with more than one race. Every public office needs to have representative leadership that reflects its entire community.”

“Beverly Perdue promised us change if we gave her a chance to serve the state as Governor,” Andre Knight added. “This is a good first step towards addressing historical inequities and making the best of every opportunity to move North Carolina towards a progressive future.”


See related:

Edgecombe County – District Attorney Appointment At A Glance

Raleigh NC – Perdue names 3 to serve on NC Utilities Commission

I wonder what is the salary of these folks? I heard it is good. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

A former lawyer for the North Carolina Utilities Commission has been chosen by Gov. Beverly Perdue to become a member of the panel. (Rocky Mount Telegram)


Governor Beverly Perdue has been urged by the state NAACP to enforce federally mandated protections of North Carolina’s $6.1 billion federal stimulus allotment in accordance with the mandates of Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and do more to ensure that African-American and other communities of color have equal access. (Wilmington Journal)

Wilson NC – Butterfield calls for diversity among DAs

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield has echoed the calls of area black leaders in petitioning Gov. Bev Perdue to consider appointing a black attorney to be head prosecutor of the judicial district that covers Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson counties. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

See related:

Edgecombe County – District Attorney Appointment At A Glance