The Rev. William Barber III, president of the North Carolina State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The Rev. William Barber III, president of the North Carolina State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

NAACP leader to speak in city

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The head of the N.C. NAACP will make a stop Thursday in Rocky Mount as part of a statewide tour.

The Rocky Mount Branch of the NAACP will host the Rev. Dr. William Barber, president of the N.C. State Conference of Branches of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, at 6 p.m. Thursday in the OIC Auditorium.

“It is clear that North Carolina is at a crossroads,” said Andre Knight, president of the Rocky Mount branch. “Are we going to move this state forward or will the voices of yesterday take us back to a time of separation, segregation and overt racism?”

Barber is scheduled to speak about issues related to education, economics and equal rights.

“‘We’ is the most important word in the social justice vocabulary,” Barber said,“The issue is not what we can’t do, but what we can do when we stand together. With an upsurge in racism (and) hate crimes, criminalization of young black males, insensitivity to the poor, educational genocide and the moral-economic cost of a war, we must stand together now like never before.”

Jackie King, political action chairwoman of the Rocky Mount branch, encouraged people to attend the event “to hear about the momentum that is building across the state.” Nearly 100 organizations throughout North Carolina are mobilizing to support a 14-point agenda encompassing education, health, economics, jobs, the environment and the budget, she said. The agenda has 81 action items that has helped increase the minimum wage in North Carolina, strengthened the criminal justice system and increased voter registration and participation in elections.

“We want Rocky Mount and the Twin Counties to participate in this movement,” Knight said. “We have made tremendous gains in our region, but we also have tremendous challenges ahead of us.

“We are looking for answers and for leaders who will help our state and all its people, not just the privileged and wealthy.”

The event is free, but people planning to attend are asked to RSVP by calling 252-212-3460.

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Andre Knight

Ya'll really need to give Mr. Knight a break. He's a reverend yet I've yet to find his body of believers. He owns a rest home but have yet to find it. Maybe all the clients passed and he has more time on his hands to "order" the National Guard to search an area where prostitutes have been left after being murdered. Remember, you die the life you live.

What Did I Tell You !

I told you Rocky Mount would regret making Charles Penney City Manager ! I assure you he is behind this with Andre Knight ! And this is just the beginning. We DO NOT need this trouble maker in Rocky Mount. He is a racist and looks for ways to start trouble. It is true Rocky Mount is at a crossroad ! We are at a crossroads from going from The All American City to The City Of S--- ! Rocky Mount when this guy comes through we can all say good-bye to all you can eat buffet because the restraunts will sure stop it now !

Nothing

I was gonna write something but I instead used my time to watch the movie American X. Barber ought to check it out sometime. Gardners will be getting paid on Thursday with old greasy locks in town.

Buffet slayer!

Lucky us, Reverend Soul Glo is coming to town! The all-you-can-eat buffet owners in our area are trembling in abject fear.

Crossroads?

“It is clear that North Carolina is at a crossroads,” said Andre Knight, president of the Rocky Mount branch. “Are we going to move this state forward or will the voices of yesterday take us back to a time of separation, segregation and overt racism?” Please interview Mr. Knight and get him to explain this comment. Why does he perceive a crossroads and who are these voices he is hearing. The only racist voices I am hearing are his and Dr. Barber. Dr. Barber should indeed explain his over racist attitude and comments directed toward the Duke lacrosse players. He should explain why he lent support to the non-victim, Crystal Gale Mangum, and when it was clear she was lying, why didn't he recant his racist diatribe. The Telegram should not let these men have a free ride. When they make statements that have no basis in reality, they encite the very racism they supposedly seek to destroy.

DUKE LACROSSE PLAYERS NEVER EVEN GOT AN APOLOGY????

WHAT ASHAME>>>JACKSON,SHARPTON,AND BARBER DO NOT HAVE THE CLASS TO THINK ABOUT APOLOGIZING TO THESE FALSELY ACCUSED STUDENT/ATHLETES>>>BUT THEY WERE SURE QUICK TO "HANG THEM" BECAUSE THEY WERE WHITE!

PLEASE STAY AWAY!

THIS GUY IS NOTHING MORE THAN A RACIST TROUBLEMAKER...THE NAACP PROMOTES DIVISION IN THIS COUNTRY>>>NOT UNITY-....THIS TOWN JUST SENDING RUBEN BLACKWELL AND "OIC"...THE $$$ BUDGETED FOR A NEW HEAT/AIR SYSTEM IN CITY HALL IS ANOTHER CASE OF RACIAL BIAS GOING ON WITHIN OUR CITY...BLACKWELL CANNOT EVEN MAKE PAYROLL AT OIC AND WE ARE SENDING HIM MORE $$$???? WHAT GIVES HERE???...IF BLACKWELL WAS RUNNING A PRIVATE SECTOR BUSINESS AND FAILED TO PAY PAYROLL TAXES>>>HE WOULD BE THROWN IN JAIL=FACT....WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE>>>ROCKY MOUNT IS ANOTHER DETROIT GOING DOWN IN A BALL OF FLAMES BECAUSE RACE GETS IN THE WAY OF MAKING SOUND FISCAL DECISIONS-

My guess

My guess is that instead of this idiot responding to my email, him and his morons will protest the Telegram for this being on their website. Thats the way these idiots 'Roll'....:) Too Funny!

Simple

Black or White...If you commit a crime you do time...What part doesn't this idiot understand???? Go to Duke (Take 'Rev' Sharpton and Jesse with ya too) and Apologize for ALMOST ruining kids life because some stripper lied about what happened. You dragged them through the mud without any facts. Apologize for that and we MIGHT take you more seriously.....Thanks...

Bypass Rocky Mount

He needs to bypass Rocky Mount, and head over to apoligize to the Duke players that the NAACP tore down based on some 'girls' lies. Start there buddy! Then stop back and see us!

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