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"Making an Impact in the Thinking of the People throughout Eastern North Carolina & Abroad via Internet, Newsletter, Public Forums, Radio & Video = Empowering the People from a Grassroots Perspective" Curmilus Dancy II "The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it." Albert Einstein

Saturday, August 20, 2005

In the "Halifax Community Leader under scrutiny" article a black and a white school trustee used some poor choice of words as it relates to the issue

by Curmilus Dancy II

There seems to be a racial divide when it comes to discussing Ted Gasper the Halifax Community College leader who is under scrutiny.

It was stated in the News and Observer that: "Gasper's critics and his supporters say racial acrimony now fuels much of the debate at the school. But the fight comes with a twist. Gasper, who is white, is strongly supported by the local chapter of the NAACP. African-Americans have been his strongest supporters on the board since 2001. Many whites on the 12-member board and faculty say Gasper solicits that support to retain control in a county where whites make up less than half of the population."

Now reading this I question the racial make up of the staff at the school. I understand the racial make up of the board is majority black but I also question what is the driving force of the NAACP to support this white leader. I hope it is something that could possibly benefit the whole black community and not a select few.

The News Observer asked why most white trustees oppose Gasper.

I am trying to figure out how did Trustee Helen Brown a black female came to the conclusion that she believes "some of the puny white men" are just jealous of the school's tall, blue-eyed president. I don't consider the comment to be racial, however I believe this was a poor choice of words considering the issue.

Rachel Hux a white county commissioner and school trustee who was quoted, "As long as the colored people vote for Gasper, he does whatever the colored people want." Now I have not heard black folks referred to as "colored people" in real time. I have a problem with an existing elected official in these days and times refering to black people as "colored people." This was a poor choice of words. I consider Hux comments to be racially motivated and makes me wonder did she really want to say something else because of the history of when "colored people" was used back in the day. I looked up "colored" and it was no definition for it. This speaks highly of Hux serving as a school trustee and using a word that is not defined in Webster.

I am going to follow this story to see how the people of Halifax County address this issue as it relates to the racial divide. I hope that some dialogue will take place because to not do so will be a step backwards when it comes to racial relations. Local Politics across North Carolina!

by Curmilus Dancy II

Check out featuring Local Politics across North Carolina! The site features Election News & Blogs, Incumbent Directory, Candidate Listing, Local Forums and more.

I love the goal and mission of this site. This could make all elected officials accessible to the people in real-time and in the comfort of their home, workplace or anywhere they can get on a PC.

I challenge all elected officials to create a blog which is free and then to sign on to this site.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Voting Rights Act Commemoration Workshops Greenville North Carolina

by Curmilus Dancy II

Voting Rights Act Commemoration Workshops will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2005 10:00 am - 1:30 pm Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church 1095 Allen Road Greenville, North Carolina. Congressman G.K. Butterfield (NC 01) Representing the First District of North Carolina will host - Renew, Restore, and Revive: Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

See proposed as follows:

Congressional Black Caucus
Political Education and Leadership Institute, Inc.

The Voting Rights Evolution in North Carolina After Reconstruction: It’s Successes, Failures, and Challenges

Voter Registration and Political Involvement After Congressman George H. White

· The Literacy Test, Poll Tax and Grandfather Clause
· Louise Lassiter vs. Northampton County

Barriers to Black Political Participation

· Polarized Voting
· Submergence by At-Large Elections
· Anti-Single Shot Law
· Staggered Terms
· Residence Districts and Multi-Member Districts
· Numbered Seats and runoffs
· Unfair Annexations
· Uncertain Office Hours
· Election Official Hostility
· 500-foot Rule

Limited Electoral Successes
1947 Winston Salem Rev. Kenneth R. Williams
1949 Fayetteville Dr. William P. DeVane
1951 Greensboro Dr. William Hampton, MD
1953 Wilson Dr. G. K. Butterfield, Sr., DDS
1953 Chapel Hill Hubert Samuel Robinson, Sr.
1953 Gastonia Nathaniel Barber
1953 Durham R. N. Harris
1959 Southern Pines Felton J. Capel
1959 Kinston Alice S. Hannibal
1960 Raleigh John W. Winters, Sr.
1961 Lumberton Wade Spearman (died shortly after taking office)
Rev. E. B. Turner
1969 Chapel Hill Mayor Howard N. Lee

1968 – The Watershed Year
· Voter Registration Efforts
· Martin Luther King’s Death
· Candidacy of Reginald Hawkins
· Candidacy of Eva Clayton
· Candidacy of Henry Frye

North Carolina Politics from 1968 – 1982
· Democratic Party Inclusion
· Improved Voter Registration
· Marginal Electoral Successes Under At-Large Elections

The Surge of Voting Rights Act Challenges from 1981 – 1988
· Gingles v. Thornburg
· NAACP v Hunt
· Haskins v County of Wilson
· Johnson v County of Halifax
· Rocky Mount Annexation Cases
· Cases of Voluntary Compliance

The Electoral Miracle in the Judiciary

The Outcome – 261 Black Elected Officials in First Congressional District

Fundraising Reception for Dr. Rev. William J. Barber II Candidate for NC NAACP State Conference of Branches August 26, 2005

TO: Friends
FROM: Susan Perry Cole and Cynthia Brown
DATE: August 18, 2005
RE: Request for Financial Support Candidacy of Rev. William Barber – Statewide NAACP President

Fundraising Reception
Friday, August 26, 2005 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Worthdale Community Center 1001 Cooper Road (off Poole Road) Raleigh, NC

As a dues paying members of our local NAACP chapters, we write as concerned citizens of NC interested in boosting the protection of the civil rights of black, white, yellow, red and brown persons in our state. The NAACP is approaching its 100th Anniversary in 2009. We believe it is time to re-awaken the conscientiousness of progressive thinkers in our state by re-invigorating the NAACP to serve as the driving force and leading champion of social justice in NC. We are convinced that the most effective way to achieve these goals is to support Rev. William Barber as statewide President of the NAACP.

We ask you to join us today in financially supporting the candidacy of Rev. William Barber, Pastor of Green Leaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, NC, as the next President of the statewide NAACP in NC.

We have known Rev. Barber personally and professionally for more than a decade. We understand the depth of Rev. Barber’s demonstrated commitment to social justice advocacy and prophetic, dynamic leadership in the areas of health, religion, politics, law, media, community and economic development and education. Most especially, we know Rev. Barber can be trusted to provide groundbreaking leadership and consistently carry the battles for justice and fairness to the highest levels, no matter the cost. We support Rev. Barber because:

-He is a man of integrity whose values, speech and action are consistent;
-He has established a proven track record of revitalizing distressed neighborhoods, providing affordable housing for the elderly, entrepreneurial opportunities and child care services for youth;
-He has strong family values and is a positive role model as a husband, father and African American community leader;
-He has forcefully addressed educational disparities in his community to help create meaningful academic preparation and real opportunities for school age and college bound youth of color;
-He has the stature, leadership and organizing skills to attract significant new membership across race, class and ethnicity from among his peers in the age cohort of 35 – 45, a group that has shown declining participation in the NAACP in recent years;
-He has a developed a statewide Action Agenda for Change and Progress to address disparities affecting people of color in the critically important areas of education, health, community, economic and criminal justice.

Please join us by immediately completing the attached Response Form and making a sacrificial financial donation to ensure the successful candidacy of Rev. William Barber as next President of the statewide NAACP. For more information contact: Charmeine Turner at: 919-735-9095 or




Email Address:______________________________________



$100.00 or more

Return form via email by 8/25/05 to: Make check or money order payable to "William Barber II". Mail contribution by 8/30/05 to: WILLIAM BARBER II, P.O. BOX 125, GOLDSBORO, NC 27533.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Ronald White for 4th Vice President NC NAACP State Conference of Branches

by Curmilus Dancy II

A year ago or maybe a little more I had the opportunity to tune into a broadcast NAACP NOW on Channel 17 whereby North Carolina NAACP President White, Ms. Mary Perry, Mr. Joe Bowser and a couple of more Presidents were discussing NAACP related issues. I believe the main topic was about gangs in North Carolina. I was very impressed with many of them and I looked their contact information up on the NAACP website. White had a website with much much information on it and I read over some of the things he was involved in. UPS was a major case that he was working on along with many, many others. I made contact with White. I sent an email to White and he contacted me early that Monday morning after the Sunday's show as I was on the way to work.

I have found brother White to be true to the cause and about making a difference. This is from what I have seen and the different places I have been in his presence in the short time I have come in contact with him. Because of what I know about White and his dedication to the mission of the NAACP I have no doubt that he will continue to do good works. I trust that others will join me and support White so that he can continue to serve as 4th Vice President of the North Carolina State Conference of Branches during the weekend of October 6 - 8 when the election of officers will take place.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

A team approach, clear vision and a real mission, my, my my just what the people ordered

by Curmilus Dancy II

Sources say that Dr. William J. Barber II has been traveling to the west, the northeast, piedmont and the southeast with his campaign message. I understand the response has been tremendous. I understand Dr. Barber's campaign has garnered hundreds of calls and emails of encouragement and support. It appears that the people are looking forward to the team approach, clear vision and his focus on a real mission. The NC NAACP has been lacking a real mission for many years now.

I was unable to attend the banquet in Hertford Co. whereby Dr. Barber spoke on August 6 but I understand his message was so powerful that several people joined on that night.

The vibes I am receiving is that people are ready for a "change" because they are tired of accepting business as usual. Communication is a must when it comes to leading a group of folks forward. Dr. Barber has proved that he is an effective communicator and this is why I asking you to join me in supporting his candidacy.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II Candidate for President of the NC NAACP State Conference of Branches is on the campaign trail



RE: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II Announces His Candidacy for North Carolina Conference NAACP Presidency in Plymouth NC as a part of an eastern swing.

Contact: For further information, contact Mrs. Charmeine Turner at (919)735-9059.
August 12, 2005

On Friday, August 12, 2005 at 7:00pm, at Long Ridge Baptist Church, Plymouth NC, speaking to persons representing 4 counties, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II announced his candidacy for the Presidency of the North Carolina Conference NAACP and continued laying out a progressive vision. Barber is a graduate of Plymouth High School, honor graduate from North Carolina Central University, a Dean Scholar from Duke University School of Divinity, and holds a Doctoral Degree from Drew University. Barber has served as the Executive Director of the North Carolina Human Relations Commission, served on two college boards of trustees and several National Committees. Barber is an ordained minister with the Christian Church Disciples of Christ and pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, Goldsboro, NC where he has led the congregation to develop more than 30 ministries and engage in community development initiatives by investing more than 1.5 million dollars which has brought more than 7 million dollars of housing and services for low moderate-income residents of Goldsboro NC through a program entitled Rebuilding Broken Places CDC. Barber has been active in issues of justice, fairness, civil rights, and community involvement for more than 20 years since being a student activist at North Carolina Central University, where he served as Student Government President. He has served on state, local, and national boards and committees seeking social reform, economic and social fairness, racial reconciliation, and the protection of civil rights. He has marched in the streets and fought in the suites for the betterment of humankind.

At the press conference Barber said, "I am offering myself as a servant to become the President of the North Carolina Conference of the NAACP. Over the last two years, many persons throughout the state have asked me to consider this cause. After much prayer, contemplation, consideration, and counsel, I believe it is time for a healthy and vigorous debate about the vision and direction of the NAACP in our state and its role in the continuing struggle for justice, protection of civil rights, and the social well being of humanity. It’s time for new vision, new leadership, and a new commitment to the kind of teamwork that will pull together the civil rights family. This election is about policy, procedures, performance, and how we use our collective power to benefit the masses of our people.

These are critical times. The statistics tell us so. The roar and onslaught of forces determined to undermine the hard won gains of the past are all around us politically, socially, economically, and morally. On one hand, I believe together we must forge a vision capable of meeting the ongoing challenges of racism, poverty, and regressive public policies that still invade our reality. We cannot forfeit the legacy of struggle handed to us. The NAACP and all of its branches must be strong and viable. We must be unbought and unbowed. We must free up branches administratively and financially so they can focus on the real work of preserving and fighting for civil rights. On the other hand, I believe we must be not only reactive but proactive in challenging our people to live up to the highest ideals, taking responsibility for doing for ourselves, regardless of what others attempt to do to us. We must not only build coalitions to fight for civil rights. We also must celebrate community, build positive coalitions for economic growth and entrepreneurship, lift up the marvelous achievements of our people, and promote academic excellence. In doing so, we must be both agitator and innovator, always aware when to be which".

Who is Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
A brief record of service.

Born August 30, 1963 in Indianapolis, IN
Father, the late Rev. Dr. William Joseph Barber Sr. , Minister, Community Activist, helped to ingrate the Washington County Public School system.
Mother, Mrs. Eleanor P. Barber, church musician, public school secretary, integrated an all white public high school, secretarial pool.
Brother, Charles Edgar Barber, graduate Elizabeth City State University, industrial engineer.
Married to Rebecca McLean Barber, formerly of Lillington, NC, graduate North Carolina Central University, Registered Nurse, and B.S. in nursing.
Proud parent of five children: Sharrelle Monique, William Joseph III, Rebekah Eleanor Benjamin Joe, and Andrew Willard.
Currently Pastors , Greenleaf Christian Church Disciples of Christ, Goldsboro, NC, with over 400 members and 30 active ministries.
Chairman Rebuilding Broken Places Community Development Corporation, which has developed or inspired over seven million dollars in community development which includes, 41 unit low-income senior citizen complex, 42 single family homes, computer training.
HIV/AIDS Initiative, Leadership Development, and Wall of First recognizing African American and Women First.
Developed Project Y.E.S.S. to assist low performing 4th-8th grade student in the areas of Reading and Math.
Organized Anonymous We for Education in Wayne County to address inequities in education.

B.A. degree in Public Administration North Carolina Central University, graduated Cum Laude.
Master of Divinity Degree, Duke University School of Divinity. Dean Scholar, Benjamin Mays Fellow.
Doctoral Degree and completed Dissertation from Drew University in Madison, NJ
Served as Student Government President of Plymouth High School
Served as President of Washington County Youth County Youth Branch NAACP, (won the state branch of the year)
Served as Freshman and Sophomore class president of NCCU
Vice President and Student Body President of NCCU
Served as campus minister at NCCU.
Outstanding Young Men of America.
Who’s Who Among college Students
Member of Church Action for Safe & Just Communities.
Member of Concerned Clergy
Statewide President of College Student Government Association.
Lead effort to facilitate a voting precinct on the campus of NCCU and organized a march of over a thousand students to the voting polls in 1984.
Worked as a student coordinator for Rev. Jesse Jackson’s 1984 presidential campaign.
Served as a member of the Black Student Association at Duke Divinity School.
Adjunct Instructor at NCCU, Master of Public Administration and Duke Divinity Masters Program.
Served as a Prison Chaplain at Guess Road Prison in Durham, NC
Associate Minister at Russell Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
Served as Pastor of The Fayette Street Christian Church, Martinsville, VA.
Lead efforts to block toxic waste storage in poor and low-income communities in Martinsville, VA.
Served as leadership coordinator at the Institute for Minority Economic Development.
Served as Executive Director for NC Human Relations Commission. Appointed by Governor James B. Hunt.
Served as chairman of the committee on Morality for the Hate Violence Church Bombing Task Force.
Served on the National Community Economic Development Board. Visited the White House with other community activist, to push for greater resources to low wealth communities.
Has been awarded keys to three different cities.
Received over twenty-five national, state, and local awards for commitment to civil rights, community empowerment, and social justice.
Lectured at the National Convocation Harambi Institute, the National convocation of Christian Churches, National Black Ministers Retreat, and National Black Ministers Retreat, and National Medical Association .
Guest preacher for MLK Jr. Lecture Series at Duke University.
Guest Preacher for the Truth and Reconciliation commission in Greensboro, NC to address the deaths of social justice workers in 1979.
Served on the NC Council of Churches National Reconciliation Task Force Christian Church Convocation, Regional Board of Christian Church (DOC).
Has stood with and supported the Dept. of Transportation, DOT 7 in the hangman’s noose case.
Stood with and spoke on behalf of educational advocated for funding low wealth schools.
Campaigned for Major of Goldsboro as a write-in candidate five days before the election and garnered 40% of the votes.
Organized 2004 a North Carolina Get Out to Vote Rally and Radio-thon that included Jim Wynn, Dan Blue, Ralph Campbell, and US Congresspersons Jim Clyburn and G.K. Butterfield.
Currently working on second book entitled "Say it Preacher: The Power of Prophetic Preaching.
Has written one book entitled "Preaching Through Unexpected Pain".
Host of two radio shows, CATCH the Fire, and Praise wit a Purpose.
Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
Member of Prince Hall Masonic Lodge.

Education St. Paul Workshop

We are having a free comprehensive workshop for all high school students and parents for grades 9 - 11 with special emphasis on juniors and seniors to help them adequately prepare for the college admission process.

The workshop will cover the following topics:
- Admissions and Financial Aid- St. Paul's free SAT Prep Program
- Time Management, Study Skills and Academic Support
- The Pitfalls of Credit- NCAA Eligibility and Academic Requirements for

Student Athletes
- Panel Discussion by College Students and Recent

-"Everything I Wish I Had Known About College Before My Freshman Year"

The workshop will be held on Saturday, August 27th 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A continental breakfast will precede the workshop and a light lunch will follow. The workshop will start promptly at 10:00 a.m. so persons planning to take advantage of breakfast should arrive by 9:30 a.m. The church does require an RSVP in order to let the food service committee know how many people will attend. Please RSVP to the church office at 919.832.2709 by August 22nd. In the phone rolls to the voice mail, please leave your name and telephone number so that you may be registered for the work shop. If you have questions, let me know. If not, plan to attend and bring a friend.

"Knowledge is Power"

Janice B. Foushee 919.602.0342

Monday, August 15, 2005

Political Question of the Week Tuesday August 16, 2005

by Curmilus Dancy II - The Political Agitator

Councilman Reuben Blackwell do you feel the Rocky Mount City Council being a 4 - 3 black majority council has been effective since the make-up of the board changed in 2003?


This City Council, elected in 2003, has been one of the most effective in recent history. We have accomplished some landmark achievements which go unheralded and uncovered by the media. If the media has covered our accomplishments, they rarely, if ever, give credit to the Council for our innovation, courage and insightful planning. I often wonder if the City Council’s aggressive and proactive role in major policy and program development is not reported because the media does not understand what we do or if they are less interested in covering our overwhelming successes than they are in bringing life to controversies which attempt to erode the perspective of the public in our vision, intent, professionalism and impact.

This Council oversaw and adopted the most comprehensive review of our building codes in the last 20 years… the new Land Development Code. We have crafted, and now are funding, a new and dynamic vision for Downtown Rocky Mount. We are investing and are encouraging others to invest in millions of dollars in downtown projects including: the Douglas Block renovation, sidewalk improvements, bike paths, treescape and landscape improvements, a multimillion dollar loan pool to acquire and renovate downtown structures and have hired a recruitment specialist through the Rocky Mount/Edgecombe CDC for business development in downtown and in Edgecombe County.

This Council completed and funded (to the tune of tens of millions of dollars) the visioning of the Imperial Center, the Sports Complex and renovations to the Stith-Talbert Park. We ensured that funding was allocated to pave the long-neglected walking track at the South Rocky Mount Community Center and are working now to upgrade both the SRMCC and the BTW Community Center. We tackled the unpopular issue of replacing the MLK Statue and are close to realizing a new statue replacement strategy. We have also ensured that while we completed renovations to Sunset Park and the new fishing park where the old Bob Melton’s restaurant was located, we invested in inner city park areas that have been neglected for 20 years.

Our Council has aggressively attacked crime and dilapidated housing in the inner city. We doubled the budget to condemn and demolish unsafe and unsavory houses in this budget year. This Council has appointed a Housing Advisory Committee to inventory the state of housing in Rocky Mount and to help the Council develop strategies to improve housing stock throughout inner city communities. We have doubled the number of sidewalks paved in traditionally black neighborhoods and in major corridors throughout the City. We have addressed trash pick-up and effective servicing of homes in inner city neighborhoods as well. We gave the City Manager permission to hire five new police officers and have supported crime control and eradication measures in sectors of the City where we have had the highest crime rates.

While this Council did not create the utility bill crisis for the average consumer in the inner city of Rocky Mount, we are aggressively addressing issues that impact the consumer’s interface with the City. We have been the motivation behind a much more conscious effort from City staff to work with utility customers that are past due on their bills. A customer service position is now headquarted in the Human Relations Department to help these customers. We are also allocating resources to the improvement of housing in the inner city, understanding that better built and insulated homes use less energy and cost less to live in.

We also have placed issues of diversity and equity at the highest level of our consideration. We work closely with the City Manager to ensure that hiring, promotion and pay increases are fair and equitable. We individually address complaints of discrimination with the Manager’s office as they are made known to us and are working to ensure that the impact of institutionalized sexism, classism and racism in job placement and development are overturned through sound policy development and practice. For the first time in this City’s history, we have an African American Chief of Police and Human Resources Director.

As a final note, this Council has funded more economic development projects than any Council in history. We have provided cash incentives totaling over $1.9 million which we anticipate will deliver thousands of jobs for our constituents and multiple millions of dollars of investments and tax revenues for our City. In summary, this current City Council has provided proactive, comprehensive and energetic leadership for all of Rocky Mount, while we have attempted to increase the quality of life for those citizens residing in our inner city communities. Rocky Mount has prospered under this Council’s leadership as we have sustained existing partnerships and expanded the table to include all citizens.

- Reuben Blackwell
- Rocky Mount City Council, Ward 2

TPA - Councilman Blackwell thank you for your response. I would like to thank you for all that you have done and all that you will continue to do. You are definitely not a "Safe Negro." When I say "Safe Negro" I am talking about black elected officials, community leaders and others who are suppose to be looking out for the best interest of black folks. Many times the "Safe Negro" will sit on various boards and will not speak out on issues. I can truly say that you do not fit that description because you made it clear on where you stand in your response. I can also add that I know where you stand and that is for whatever is in the best interest of the people.

Edgecombe County Board of Elections Members to be Sworn in Today

by Curmilus Dancy II - The Political Agitator

Democrats please come out and support Samuel Branch - D a young black male school teacher who will be sworn in along with Gladys Shelton - D and Betty Lewis - R during the Edgecombe County Board of Elections monthly meeting today Tuesday, August 16, 2005 at 4:00 P.M. in Room 355 of the Edgecombe County Administration Building, 201 St. Andrew Street in Tarboro. The new board members will be sworn in and they will elect officers. The agenda includes appointments of Chief Judges and Judges of Elections and matters concerning 2005 municipal elections.

I am glad that the drama with the appointment of the local board members will be laid to rest today. Rev. Roosevelt Higgs tried to manipulate the process but it will be all over today and the Edgecombe County Democratic Party can move forward.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

"Halifax Community College leader under scrutiny"

by Curmilus Dancy II

In 2003 during the former Congressman Frank Ballance scandal the Halifax Community College leader Ted Gasper came under scrutiny. I found the article "College leader under scrutiny" in today's News and Observer quite interesting since I was already following the story. It appears that it ain't over yet. Go to the Carolina Journal and at (Search) key in Ted Gasper and then go back and key in Frank Ballance for more details. I am quite sure there are others who are connected to this saga that are squirming at this time.

I hate that Congressman Frank Ballance career ended in this fashion but I hope that we all will learn from this. It is time that we all stand for truth because as we do political work we need to be mindful that we must do the right thing at all times. We must stop the dirty politics so that we can encourage the citizens to get engaged in the political process. There has been so much mess going on over the years that people have lost hope as it relates to voting.

I challenge everyone to seek out the political pimps in your county and shut them down. It is time that the real grassroots folks take over the political process. It is time for a change.