North Carolina Spotlight

Jerry McCrary, Mayor of Parmele, NC on the Hunt for Big Progress

NOTICE TO MAJOR RETAIL CHAINS – If you haven’t already, Jerry McCrary, mayor of Parmele, NC, wants to meet with you about setting up shop there. Not far from U.S. 64 East, Parmele has a bright future, and your business could be a big part of it!

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Robersonville Mayor Tina Michelle Brown Fights for Its Future – GDN Exclusive

Robersonville Mayor Tina Michelle Brown, beyond her profound belief in GOD, has a guiding life principle – “Aim to inspire.” Given the impressive work ethic of this 50-year-old New Jersey native, there is little question that she leads the northeastern

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Historic Thousands That Gathered in Raleigh, Despite the Rain

Yesterday’s delegation of resisters shall come to recognize we have a collective soul that will not perish.  A soul that will rise in triumph over every obstacle cast in our path …

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Fayetteville State University Valuable Economic Engine for Community and Region

A study has found that Fayetteville State University (FSU) is a valuable economic engine in the Fayetteville community, generating substantial economic returns annually.

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NCDOT News: Ellis Airport Contributes Over 370 Jobs to the Economy of Jacksonville and Onslow County

Thanks in part to $2.4 million in grants awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation, Albert J. Ellis Airport in Richlands is finally getting its own air traffic control tower (ATC).

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North Carolina NAACP Statement on the U.S. Senate Tax Scam

The NC NAACP stands with and defends all who are colored by the sin of discrimination. Those who have created and lobbied for the US Senate Tax “Reform” Bill–including Acting-President Trump–are guilty of not one, but three sins.

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NAACP Set to Change Tax Status to Engage Politically

Even though the NAACP is 108 years-old, the organization is struggling to modernize and stay relevant in a rapidly-evolving, social media-driven landscape that requires speed and strategic communications skills.

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North Carolina Legislators Are Rigging the Courts

Our judges should be fair, independent and removed from politics. But if our state legislature is appointing them, the politicians will cherry pick judges who tilt the scales based on political ideology and not fairness.

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North Carolina’s Children of Color and Immigrant Children Continue to Face Barriers to Opportunity

For North Carolina to prosper in the future, all children must have the opportunity to succeed. Yet children of color, who will soon make up the majority of children in North Carolina, face persistent barriers to achieving their full potential.

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101 Black History Questions You Never Thought to Ask in His New Book

Dr. Anderson is a bold thinker with exceptional ability to analyze historical patterns. He explains the increase in anti-black expressions since the historic 2016 election and excites a younger generation of blacks …

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Strategies to Help Millennials Build an Endless Source of Self-Funding and Capital

Whether struggling with more bills than pay, working to maintain/develop a good credit score, thriving with more income than ever, or considering plans for retirement, The Human Equity Line of Credit™ can be applied on any income.

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Billions Spent on Low Income College Students — But Half of Them Don’t Even Graduate!

Research showed that one reason may be that low-income students receiving Pell grants tend to choose colleges that have lower graduation rates to begin with. Another reason may be that the data is not complete and, therefore, does not depict an entirely accurate picture.

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Woman Entrepreneur Makes History After Raising $1 Million For Her Legal Tech Startup

Entrepreneurs in general are challenged with finding capital to start or expand their businesses. But it is substantially more difficult for Black women entrepreneurs who receive only 0.2 percent of overall venture capital dollars.

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NAACP Responds to Dallas Cowboys Owner’s Comments on Players’ Right to Free Speech

This is not an issue about our flag, this is an issue about police brutality, (racism, and the ability of members of the NFL whose communities are disproportionately impacted by police misconduct to peacefully say enough.

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ALC Panel Encourages High School Students to Pursue STEM Careers

The STEM field is important to our country, it’s critical to jobs in the 21st century. Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) kicked off the conversation focused on opportunities for underrepresented youth.

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Lawmakers Seek End to Triple-Digit Interest on Payday and Car-Title Loans

Today, 90 million Americans living in 15 states and D.C. benefit from enacted rate caps of 36 percent or lower. But in the other 35 states, residents remain vulnerable to triple-digit interest rates

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NAACP Honors the Life and Legacy of Alvin Turner

“The NAACP sadly mourns the passing, but honors and celebrates the life, legacy and leadership of Mr. Alvin Turner, a man who was a key participant in the 1968 Memphis, Tennessee sanitation workers’ strike.

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Join Us October 5-7 NC NAACP 74th Convention

We are less than one week away from our 74th Annual State Convention, this year’s theme is “Forward Together Not One Step Back: For Justice We NEVER Sound Retreat.”

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Damien M. Williams Named Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement at Fayetteville State University

He brings experience of Advancement operations to include development, public relations, alumni relations, marketing, and other areas. Most impressive are his credentials as a fundraiser.

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William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations: Announcing the Friday Fellowship Class of 2017-2019

These leaders learn to model former UNC system president Bill Friday’s civility, transparency, and collaboration across divergent ideas and identities.

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Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law: Constitutional Responsibility for Right to Sound Basic Education

Despite the ruling today, this lawsuit and our organizing around it has lifted the hopes of parents and community advocates in Halifax County  who believe that change is possible …

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New Guide That Helps You To Identify, Achieve, Measure, and Optimize Your “Happiness Index”

Are you as happy as you think you are? There is now a revolutionary resource with an insightful premise supported by detailed research.

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DPS Names Annie Harvey Deputy Director of Prisons

Harvey was promoted after serving as the coastal regional director for the Division of Prisons. She was responsible for overseeing the operations of 11 prisons …

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NC A&T University NENC LEAD-IT Technology Workshops

This project was committed to the notion that opportunities should knock on every door no matter how humble the household. Northeastern NC has been the poorest region in the state for the last 25 years.

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Adams, Butterfield Support Impeachment of Pres. Trump

Intense behind-the-scenes strategizing on the part of the 49-member Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to have Republican President Donald J. Trump impeached. CBC will have a robust discussion on #Impeachment.

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Don’t Fall Behind in Keeping North Carolina Clean!

Statewide litter sweep runs Sept. 16-30 RALEIGH – Take a break from yard work and join groups of volunteers from across North Carolina in keeping the state beautiful. The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway program kicks off its Fall Litter

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Program Empowers Low Income Young Adults to Go From Poverty to Professional Careers

Year Up is a program that helps low income young adults go from poverty to a professional career within just one year. It consists of six months of training, prep for entry level jobs, and then placement in an internship

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Peletah Academic Center For Excellence: Students Thrive and Achieve Academic Success

Whether based on myth or statistical data, the widely held notion that a student’s prospect for future success can be determined by his or her third grade reading score is disturbing.  This perception labels some students as failures before their

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Warsaw Mayoral Election: A.J. Connors Has Thrown His Hat in the Ring

After years of sitting on the political sidelines, local pastor and community leader, A.J. Connors has thrown his hat in the ring and now seeks to become Mayor of the Town of Warsaw.  His opponent is present Mayor Russell Eason.

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Barber, Butterfield Blast Trump Nomination Of NCGOP Attorney

Rev. Dr. William Barber, president of the NCNAACP, is alarmed that Pres. Trump is nominating a prominent Republican attorney to the federal bench for the Eastern District who fought to uphold North Carolina’s racial gerrymandered redistricting maps and 2013 voter

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Yes, Diabetes Discriminates! Why Black Patients Should Be More Concerned Than Whites

The sad truth is that diseases do not affect all people the same way, and diabetes is one that discriminates. African Americans have higher blood sugar levels than whites with diabetes. Like it or not, this fact is something that

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Blackbeard and Beyond: Famous Pirates on the N.C. Coast

From Cape Fear to Currituck, These Five Raiders Left Bold Marks on History Edward Thatch (or Teach) Notoriety: He was the most notorious pirate of them all: daring, crafty and frightful looking, with a long black beard that he twisted

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Rep. Amos Quick “Gets Caught Reading” to Greensboro Kids

May 19th, state Rep. Amos Quick was out doing good in the local community. In recognition of Get Caught Reading Month, Rep. Quick joined Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan and Anita Bachmann of UnitedHealthcare to host story time for 60 local pre-K students at Hampton Elementary

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Coleman Installed as President of Airport Executives

(Fayetteville, N.C.) — The Fayetteville Regional Airport is proud to recognize Toney Coleman, Deputy Airport Director, as the new 2017-2018 President of the Southeast Chapter (SEC) of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). The SEC-AAAE held its annual conference

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The Spotlight: Sampson-Duplin for June 2017

Download The Sampson-Duplin Spotlight (The Spotlight), a monthly publication for Northeastern, N.C. Thanks to the help and support from area churches, businesses, political and community leaders. The Spotlight and GDN is distributed through local churches and businesses and is available free of charge. The ever growing distribution

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West Virginia Police Officer Terminated for ‘Not Shooting’ Files Suit Against Municipality

WEIRTON, W.Va. – The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia and the Law Offices of Timothy P. O’Brien, Esq. (lead counsel) have filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the city of Weirton, West Virginia, on behalf of Stephen Mader,

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Hundreds of North Carolina Communities Gear Up for Bike to School Day

More than 2,000 events scheduled nationwide RALEIGH – Hundreds of communities across North Carolina will celebrate the joy of pedaling to school on May 10 during National Bike to School Day, a one-day event that is part of a national

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Woolpert to Renovate Elizabeth City State University Buildings

The national AEG firm is the architect of record for a $13 million project to upgrade the G.R. Little Library and Moore Hall at the North Carolina school. ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (May 12, 2017) — Elizabeth City State University (ECSU)

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How African-Americans disappeared from the Kentucky Derby

When the horses enter the gate for the 143rd Kentucky Derby, their jockeys will hail from Louisiana, Mexico, Nebraska and France. None will be African-American. That’s been the norm for quite a while. When Marlon St. Julien rode the Derby

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Working to Raise Awareness and Reduce Health Disparities

FDA’s Office of Minority Health (OMH) is committed to the HHS mission of advancing health equity, and our office works year-round to advance FDA’s message of ensuring the safety and efficacy of our nation’s food supply and medical products to

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