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Saturday, July 16, 2005

Newsletter for Saturday July 16, 2005

by The Politial Agitator

The Political Agitator's Top Story

New PTA leader breaks the mold - Derrick Byrd has been making waves in PTA circles since the 1980s, when he told a group of PTA moms the "bake shop" was now closed. His message: This is not your mother's cake-baking PTA anymore. Supporters shouldn't expect anything different from Byrd now that he is president of the Wake County PTA Council. His first full day on the job was Friday.

TPA - This is great news to me because I have been fighting for the local PTO to do just what Byrd is doing. I served on the local PTO at G.W. Carver Elementary and South Edgecombe Middle Schools and I did not like the mission. I was constantly trying to get the members to understand what the PTO/PTA should be doing and that is being an advocate for the children.


Pinetops loses out on grant - A plan to provide more recreation for Pinetops residents doesn't seem to have the support of the state. Greg Bethea, town administrator, told commissioners this month he was informed that Pinetops will not receive the $79,000 Parks and Recreation Grant that was applied for in January.

TPA - I am not shocked about this. I used to attend the Pinetops Town Meetings regularly and served on a committee until the flood of 1999. At that time we were looking at the undeveloped land in the town and in the ETJ. I served on the Pinetops/Olds Sparta Community Board for several years before resigning. I attend the Town meetings now when my schedule allow me.

Children are the saddest victims - One of the saddest aspects of the illicit drug epidemic is the children who are left practically abandoned when their parents fall into the downward spiral of drug abuse. Wilson County commissioners passed a resolution Monday establishing a protocol for handling children who found in homes that have been turned into methamphetamine labs.

TPA - I feel this is a good thing and other counties should adopt this as well.

Time Warner buys Adelphia cable franchise - Cable franchises in the Twin Counties will be undergoing changes in the next year, officials said. Time Warner NY Cable LLC has purchased the Adelphia Communications cable franchise that currently serves about 800 people in Edgecombe County, County Manager Lorenzo Carmon said. In a letter to Carmon, Carol Hevey of Time Warner said the transaction should take place in late 2005 or early 2006. However, before Time Warner can become the county's new cable franchise, it has to be approved by the Federal Communications Commission and the county's board of commissioners, Carmon said.

TPA - I used to have Aldephia Cable and I know how sorry it is. I hope the Commissioners will do the right thing and allow the people the luxury of having Time Warner in their homes.

Education News

STATES PLAY THE NUMBERS; STUDENTS LOSE: STATES ARE UNDERREPORTING HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT RATES - Many states fail to report high school graduation rates to the U.S. Department of Education or submit figures that are so flawed or inaccurate that they threaten to undermine public confidence in the education, according to a new report issued by the Education Trust, an organization dedicated to fostering high academic achievement. “We’ve got to end this rampant dishonesty about graduation rates, Kati Haycok, director of the Education Trust, said in a statement. “If we are going to prepare students for the challenges of college work, and life, we need to transform our high schools.”

TPA - I totally agree with this article.


DELEGATES ENDORSE VOTING RIGHT ACT MARCH AND RALLY - “Anyone who claims that voting rights for minority Americans are now secure need only look to Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004,” said NAACP Board Chairman Julian Bond. “A recent report said that 28 percent of all Ohio voters and 52 percent of black voters said they experienced problems in voting.

NEW NAACP PRESIDENT DOESN'T PLAN TO 'HIDE OUT' - NAACP President-elect Bruce S. Gordon, a retired Verizon executive, says that speculation that he has been hired as a corporate type who will be a quiet balance to the outspoken board chairman Julian Bond will soon be proven wrong. “Some of the speculation early on was that Julian will be outside and Bruce will be inside. Nothing could be further from the truth. Don’t even think it, okay?” said Gordon in an interview with the NNPA News Service. “The organization has not hired an office manager, okay? It has hired a CEO. CEOs don’t hide out in the back room. I’m going to be front and center. You’re going to be hearing from me. I will be an active spokesperson.


LUTHER'S BATTLE WITH DIABETES: WHAT AFRICAN AMERICANS, WHO SUFFER THE MOST, CAN LEARN FROM HIS STORY - Before Luther Ronzoni Vandross Jr. ever sold the first of his 25 million records worldwide, or won any of his five Grammies he as a diabetic. Doctors call it the silent killer, and far too many African-Americans have it, and don’t know it. At the young age of 54, Vandross, who sustained a massive stroke April 16, 2003, died last week. A spokesman for the Vandross family said despite aggressive rehabilitation, the famous singer never really recovered from the stroke, brought on, they believe, by his diabetes.


GHOSTS OF ENORMOUS WRONGS - Once upon a time in America, even for the better part of a century after their emancipation from slavery, African Americans were marooned in a vast sea of cruelty. They had no rights—to liberty, property, the pursuit of happiness, or life—any white person needed to respect. These unforgettable events so occupy our present because they are peopled by ghosts of enormous wrongs, people who were cast into a void of injustice, “deprived,” as Senate Resolution 39 declares, “of life, human dignity, and the constitutional protection accorded all citizens of the United States.” Until those inalienable rights are restored to them, our American ancestors, by a just accounting of the past, none of us living today can be assured they are guaranteed to us, either.

TPA - Some folks don't like for us to talk about our past. How in the heck can we move forward without dealing with these ghost? Impossible.


EDGECOMBE-MARTIN EMC THANKS SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT - Often times law enforcement does not receive the proper credit for the work they do day after day in their effort to protect the lives and property of the citizens of Edgecombe County. The Cooperatives experience with our local sheriff's department was one which showed the dedication and professionalism of each of the individuals that worked on this particular case. It was quite apparent that each one of these individuals was well trained and efficient in their work gathering information and evidence in this case.

TPA - I can attest to these comments because I see all the good work that is being done by our fine Sheriff James L. Knight and his staff. I know that when I played a role in his appointment in 1997 and his election in 1998 that we would be proud of him. No one ever thought a young black man would be running the county. Sheriff Knight is on the job 24 hours a day. He is well liked by most of the entire community because he is a down to earth old fashion dude. My Sheriff is working on a project that is the 1st of its kind and will be able to reach out to the whole state of North Carolina. This project is set up in my community just outside of Pinetops. This project is nearly complete and will be shared with the community in the future.


TPA - Please attend the meetings in your area so that you can make a difference. If you can't make'em all, don't miss'em all.

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Butterfield: GOP has no interest in diversity

by Alex Keon Wilson Daily Times

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield called misleading and insulting Thursday's comments from the nation's top non-elected Republican apologizing for the party's racially polarizing political tactics.

"I believe Republicans have no genuine interest in racial diversity in the government," Butterfield, a Wilson Democrat serving his first term in Congress, said Friday afternoon.

TPA - I totally agree with my 1st Congressional District Rep. It is not only a blessing to be able to agree with my Rep. but it is also a blessing to know my Rep on a personal note.

Friday, July 15, 2005

The Millions More Movement

The Millions More Movement commemorates the 10th Anniversary of the Million Man March. The Million Man March was the unprecedented, peaceful assembly of nearly 2 million African American men in the nation’s capital and the cornerstone for a succession of grassroots efforts including the Million Woman, Million Family, Million Moms, Million Youth, Million Workers and Million Reparations Marches.

Contact: Sylvia L. Grier, PR Chair: 704.333.1690
Millions More Movement –
Charlotte Local Organizing Committee


Saturday, July 30th 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm Greenville Memorial AME Zion 6116 Monteith Drive, Charlotte 28213 (off of Tom Hunter Road and North Tryon Street in the Hidden Valley Community) Featured Guest: Dr. Benjamin F. Muhammad, was the National Director of the Million Man March, former member of "The Wilmington Ten" one of the first cases of political imprisonment of Civil Rights Demonstrators. Hosted by: Rev. Sheldon Shipman The Public is invited.


WHEN: August 27, 2005, 4-6PM

WHERE: Main Library 310 N. Tryon Street Charlotte, NC 28202

WHAT: A PowerPoint presentation on Reparations followed by a discussion.

Sampling of suggested topics for discussions:
Are apologies enough?
What else can corporations do for our community?
What are the needs of our community?
How can we support conscious members of the community that work for complicit corporations?
How do we hold corporations accountable for retaining and recruiting a diverse workforce inclusive of members of our community?

WHO: All are invited who have an interest in learning more about Reparations and how to begin the process of repairing internal and external damages.

ADDITIONAL INFO: Ahmad Daniels 704 537-1533 or

DCN Education Awareness - NCCARE meeting on July 30

Dear Friends:

North Carolina Community Advocates for Revitalizing Education (NCCARE) has had a busy legislative session. We’ve successfully held a email and phone advocacy day and a education rally and lobby day at the General Assembly. I’d love to tell you that our work is done and that we can take a well earned rest. Alas, there is more to do if we are to ensure that our elected officials uphold the Leandro court decision and provide sufficient funding to ensure that all of North Carolina’s children receive a sound basic education. We need to have a meeting to plan our next and likely final steps for this legislative session. The meeting will be on July 30, 9:45 am at the Justice Center office on the corner of Martin and Dawson Streets.

I would like to remind you that the term “sound basic education” does not mean that our children should receive a minimal education. As used by our state supreme court, a sound basic education is one of sufficient quality to provide all children with the fundamental skills in the key areas of reading, writing, math, science, history, economics, political systems and geography. A sound basic education is one that prepares the state’s children to enter the work force, to attend institutions of higher learning and to be informed citizens with the skills and knowledge to be fully participatory in the political processes that define our society. I’ve attached a copy of the Supreme Court’s definition of a sound basic education; it is well worth reading and re-reading.

Unfortunately, many our state leaders appear to have never read the court’s definition or failed to understand its significance. Neither the House nor Senate has proposed sufficient funding in their respective budgets to provide a sound basic education to all children. There is no excuse for their obstinate refusal to provide the money that is needed to provide a quality education for all children. We should not accept their uncaring disregard for what the law provides and justice demands.

The battle is not over. The state does not have a final budget. We need to come together to decide on last minute strategic moves that we can use to put pressure on our elected officials to do the right thing. Please come to the meeting on July 30. Please RSVP to give us an idea of how many folks to expect. Change begins one person at a time. It is important that each of us step up and do our part. A common saying is that children are our most important natural resource; if you believe this, please don’t look the other way while the future of our children is destroyed by our collective indifference.

Definition of A Sound and Basic Education

In its 1997 decision, Hoke County Board of Education, et. al. vs. the State Board of Education and the State of North Carolina (more commonly known as Leandro), the Court defined a sound basic education to include: “(1) sufficient ability to read, write and speak the English language and sufficient knowledge of fundamental mathematics and physical science to enable the student to function in a complex and rapidly changing society; (2) sufficient fundamental knowledge of geography, history and basic economic and political systems to enable the student to make informed choices with regard to issues that affect the student personally or affect the student’s community, state, and nation; (3) sufficient academic and vocational skills to enable the student to successfully engage in post-secondary education or vocational training; (4) sufficient academic and vocational skills to enable the student to compete on an equal basis with others in further formal education or gainful employment in contemporary society.”

1 1 Leandro v. State, 346 N.C. 336, 347, 488 S.E.2d 249, 255 (1997).

Sheria Reid
Director, Education and Law Project
NC Justice Center
224 S. Dawson St. P.O. Box 28068 Raleigh, NC 2761

919-856-3192 phone 919-856-2175 fax

Newsletter for Friday July 15, 2005


Princeville gears up for Heritage Festival - Preparations for Princeville's Heritage Festival are "coming along beautifully," Town Manager Sam Knight said. The festival is in its fourth year and will be held Saturday at Riverside Heritage Park. Knight said about 700 people attended the event last year, and he expects more this year because the event features a performance by Grammy-nominated artist Luther Barnes. "There will be a lot more because it is a larger attraction," he said. Barnes, a Rocky Mount resident, and his band, The Sunset Jubilaires, were nominated for Best Traditional Soul Album in 2004 for "It's Your Time."

TPA - Folks "It is definitely your time" to visit the world most famous talked about Princeville, the oldest black town founded by slaves. If you do not visit Princeville on Saturday you will miss a treat of a life time to see Luther Barnes and The Sunset Jubilaires. These brothers are tough. Barnes and company will be sharing the stage with 2 more local dynamic groups also. Our fine Congressman G.K. Butterfield Democrat 1st Congressional District will be delivering a message to the people. Butterfield will celebrating one year as our Congressman on next week July 20. The DCN will be highlighting some of his accomplishments on or around the 20th.

Aloha: Four head to Hawaii - The plans of the four members of the Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners scheduled to go to Hawaii this week are still on schedule. Attending the five-day 2005 National Association of Counties Conference and Exposition in Honolulu will be Chairman Charlie Harrell, T.C. Cherry, Viola Harris and Wayne Hines.

TPA - The commissioners each said though that they're not going to the conference with a specific agenda or with any specific questions in mind. I say wrong answer because going that many miles away one should look at what type of workshops will be going on so they can concentrate on some specifics to bring back to the county. "They have workshops every day, all day," Hines said. That is just great but one can't attend all of them so some decisions should have been made on which one each would attend before they left Edgecombe County. Harrell said that one thing they would be on the look out for is any economic development or job recruitment advice they can find. Good answer and this give us something to look forward to. "I had to learn what being a county commissioner is all about," said Harris who has been to four such conferences said you don't know if you don't go." I agree you don't know if you don't go but I also feel that going that many miles away from home one should be able to look at the information that they have received and figured out what would be beneficial to Edgecombe County. "This has not been a traveling board," Harrell added. "We'll stack up what we spend on travel against any other board in the area." This issue with the trip was not about which boards have traveled the most in Edgecombe County. All boards need to be held accountable. T.C. Cherry did a good thing for a change and kept his mouth closed. He is the one who had the audacity to tell a black male supervisor at the Health Department to kiss his butt before Cherry was removed from the Health Board serving as Chair for several years.

Commissioners packing for Hawaii - Two Guilford County commissioners will fly to Hawaii this week on a conference trip that is expected to cost taxpayers at least $5,300. Chairman Bruce Davis and vice chairman Paul Gibson will arrive in Honolulu on Thursday for the five-day National Association of Counties annual conference. Their trip comes just three weeks after Davis and Gibson were among the Democrats criticized for passing a county budget that included a property-tax increase and a 41 percent pay raise for commissioners.

TPA - Very interesting story.

Congress hears a poem - The poem, titled "A Soldier's Reflections," was written by Cpl. Phillip C. Edmundson shortly before his death last month. Edmundson is the only soldier from Wilson to have been killed in Iraq. Edmundson was the son of Robert and Anne Edmundson.

Candidates not utilizing Web site - No candidates for Wilson City Council or area town boards have yet created a Web site on, a new, one-stop shop for voters and candidates. Filing for local offices began July 1. But so far no area candidate has taken advantage of the free site. gives candidates the ability to gain wider exposure on the Internet at no charge. It allows voters to find political candidates listed by region, county, and city/town who are running in local elections.

TPA - Do you think most candidates would be interested in using this mechanism that would be somewhat an accountability system? Heck no.


Tuition for illegal immigrants supported - Supporters of offering illegal immigrants in-state tuition to North Carolina's public universities pledged Wednesday to keep fighting for the measure, offered by lawmakers in April with great expectations but defeated less than two months later without so much as a committee vote. "We're going to keep working until we get it done," said former Gov. Jim Hunt, the highest profile supporter of the bill. "They will not outlast us." "We're going to keep working until we get it done," said former Gov. Jim Hunt, the highest profile supporter of the bill. "They will not outlast us."

TPA - I have been trying to figure out why this is so important to the former Governor. Is he the highest paid profile supporter of the bill?

YOUR VOICE, ''CONGRATULATIONS WILMINGTON JOURNAL ON YOUR WELL DESERVED NATIONAL AWARD - We are blessed to have The Wilmington Journal printing the truth every Thursday without “Fear or Favor.” I look forward to reading the paper each week. I clip articles for future reference and I especially enjoy the editorials. The National Newspaper Publishers’ Association, an organization representing more than 200 black-owned and operated newspaper across the country honored our paper, The Wilmington Journal, for having the Best Editorial in the nation. They confirmed what we readers know and have known for a long time. We have a first class newspaper and we have made progress because of it.

TPA - I totally agree with Mr. Hankins because I look forward to reading The Wilmington Journal every week. You can find information in this paper that you do not see in other local NC newspapers. I really appreciate this paper and the people who make it happen.

Investigation into London bombings targets ex-N.C. State student - An Egyptian-born academic being sought by London police as part of their investigation into last week's terrorist bombings spent a semester at North Carolina State University, school officials said Thursday. The Times of London, quoting unidentified police sources, said detectives were interested in locating Magdy el-Nashar, 33, who recently taught chemistry at Leeds University in northern England. The Times said he was believed to have rented one of the homes being searched in Leeds where at least two of the four suicide bombers lived. El-Nashar studied chemical engineering at N.C. State University beginning in January 2000, NCSU spokesman Keith Nichols said.

TPA - It is strange that NC seems to always be connected to the terroriost attacks.

Board pay raises may benefit others - Four members of the Guilford County Board of Education say they aren't keeping their new raises of more than $700 a month, which went into effect with this month's paycheck. Board members Nancy Routh, Anita Sharp, Amos Quick and Chairman Alan Duncan said this week they plan to give away their increase to schools or charities. They also voted against the raises. The board voted 7-4 in May to increase its salary to the same level as county commissioners. Commissioners have since increased their own salaries. School board members now get $1,225 per month, up from $500. Board pay had not changed since the 1993 merger of the county's three former school systems. The vice chairman's salary increased from $500 to $1,250, and the chairman's salary went from $600 to $1,525. They were paid Friday for the first time in the 2005-06 fiscal year.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

A Historical Moment - History that we don't often get a chance to read

HAMILTON NAKI - Jun 9th 2005

Hamilton Naki, an unrecognised surgical pioneer, died on May 29th, aged 78

ON DECEMBER 3rd, 1967, the body of a young woman was brought to Hamilton Naki for dissection. She had been knocked down by a car as she went to buy a cake on a street in Cape Town, in South Africa. Her headinjuries were so severe that she had been pronounced brain-dead at the hospital, but her heart, uninjured, had gone on furiously pumping.

Mr Naki was not meant to touch this body. The young woman, DeniseDarvall, was white, and he was black. The rules of the hospital, andindeed the apartheid laws of the land, forbade him to enter a white operating theatre, cut white flesh, or have dealings with white blood. For Mr Naki, however, the Groote Schuur hospital had made a secret exception. This black man, with his steady, dexterous hands andrazor-sharp mind, was simply too good at the delicate, bloody work oforgan transplantation. The chief transplant surgeon, the young, handsome, famously temperamental Christiaan Barnard, had asked to have him on his team. So the hospital had agreed, saying, as Mr Naki remembered, "Look, we are allowing you to do this, but you must know that you are black and that's the blood of the white. Nobody must know what you are doing."

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Edgecombe County Public School Board Meeting July 11, 2005

by the Political Agitator

The board was called to order by the chair Evelyn Wilson followed by the pledge of allegiance.

Diane Lefiles ECPS Communications person was not present so Dr. Steve Stone Superintendent was charged by the chair to do the recognition - introduction of new personnel. Derrick Jordan former Assistant Principal at SouthWest Edgecombe High School was recognized for being promoted to Principal at North Edgecombe High School. Marcia Edge was named principal of the Early College High School where she served as the school's administrator. Dr. Evelyn Johnson was principal of Phillips Middle School for seven years before becoming the director of special programs for central services, a new position in the central office. She will be responsible for helping teachers receive appropriate training and certification.

Public comments followed and yours truly was the only person to address the board. I told the board that they say they want to put the public back in the school system. I said I didn't consider any of the persons above to be new personnel because I knew all of them and they worked in the school system. I said I know the board meet in closed session about personnel issues such as administration changes ie: promotions/changes but once you come out of closed session it becomes public information. I said why did I have to read about the changes in the newspaper the next day after I had spent nearly 3.5 hours at the June meeting and I did not know what the changes were when I left the meeting. I asked is it a law that this board can not share this information at the meeting?

During the items for action approval of 2005-2008 School Improvement Plans was the most interesting piece of business to me. Dr. Florence A. Armstrong board member asked could additional members be added to the committees after they approved the plans. She said she didn't have a problem with contents of the plans but she had a problem with the make up of the committees. Dr. Stone said yes additional members could be added. Ann Kent board member said she really liked North Edgecombe High School plan where they talked about academics regarding athletics. Board chair Evelyn Wilson had a list of concerns but chose not to prolong the meeting. Wilson said she would pass her concerns on to Sandra Jones Associate Superintendent of Curriculum to make sure that all the principals receive how she rated each school and she hope that each principal would go back and review their plans in regards to her concerns. Wilson did point out that we all know that as a part of closing the achievement gap black males have been targetted not only in Edgecombe County but across the state. She said there is a problem when only 8 black males vs 21 white males are serving on the School Improvement Committees and this includes all 15 schools. She pointed out there are 51 black females and 89 white females so therefore how can we close the achievement gap when it is female driven when there is a problem with black males.

It was funny to hear the Principal William Wright at South Edgecombe Middle School make a comment softly that Wilson was right on target when I contacted him during his first year at South during this past school year that I wanted to attend the School Improvement Committee meetings but didn't necessarily have to be a member. He did everything he could to keep me away after I met with him on 2 different ocassions. Guess what he is a black male. It sounded like Wright said he has 2 black males on his committee this year and I wonder who they are. My child is moving on to the high school so I will not have a child there during the upcoming school year. I have challenged the Board to make sure that the schools follow the School Improvement Guidelines from the Department of Instructions and it appears that they still do not want to do what is right. I feel strongly that if a person brings constructive criticism to the Board and individual schools that they work around doing what is right to make it appear that they are not making changes because it was brought to them from the public. But again they say they want to put the public back in the schools.

The board took care of all the open session business and they went into closed session. After nearly one hour and an half the board came out of closed session and as usual I was the only person present other than the media. The board approved the closed session items, personnel items and the closed session minutes.

The last item on the agenda was: Items brought by Board Members or Superintendent for consideration/discussion which were very brief by Dr. Stone Superintendent and Chair Evelyn Wilson. The meeting was adjourned.

Dr. Stone said immediately that anyone who want to know what the changes are in personnel that he would be going to the back of the room to give out that information. Well as usual it was only the media (The Daily Southerner) and myself present. Dr. Stone showed us a sheet and said that after each meeting in the future everyone would receive this sheet with all the changes on it without race and comments. He then gave us the changes as follows: Principals at the following schools Phillips Middle - Joe Etheridge former Assistant Principal at Phillips is now the Principal replacing Dr. Evelyn Johnson. Roberson Elementary - Doris Brown former Assistant Principal at W.A. Pattillo is now the Principal replacing Florence Wilkins. Central Services - Curtis Jones former Principal at North Edgecombe High School. Assistant Principals are as follows: Charlene Pittman former AP at Bullocks Elementary will move to West Middle as AP. Sylvia Cobb former AP at G.W. Carver will move to South Edgecombe Middle School as AP. Brenda Hargrove former AP at West Edgecombe will move to Phillips as AP. Amy Marshall-Brown former AP at South Edgecombe will be move to SouthWest High School as AP. Florence Wilkins former Principal at Roberson will move to G.W. Carver as AP.

School board approves each improvement plan -