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How a fatal NC police shooting was used to suppress the Black vote BY CASH MICHAELS OF THE WILMINGTON JOURNAL On Sept. 20, 2016, an AfricanAmerican Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott, a 43-year Black man. Officers say Scott brandished a handgun as he got out of a parked vehicle but refused to drop it when ordered. The fatal shooting sparked two nights of violent demonstrations as thousands of people, predominately Black, took to the streets of the Queen City in protest. However, according to a young
social activist named Conrad James, he was asked to come to Charlotte and hold an angry rally protesting the shooting. The riots and the heated controversy in the police aftermath, it turns out, was tailor made for a Russian backed conspiracy to suppress the Black vote in North Carolina in the 2016 Presidential election. Thanks to the recently released indictments by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged Russian interference into the 2016 elections to help Republican candidate Donald Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton, it is now known that Russian operatives, in an effort to sour
Black voters on the Clinton campaign, sponsored "Down with Hillary" rallies, and would invite unwitting American activists to take part. However, while that was true in other parts of the nation, according to Conrad James in an exclusive interview right after the Mueller indictments were revealed, that was not the case in Charlotte and in Greensboro. Instead of "Down with Hillary," anger at the police, per the Keith Lamont fatal shooting, was the Please see
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This picture is just a small sampling of the headstones throughout the cemetery and the cleaning that lies ahead.
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At the headstone of Oliver Harris, b. 1890 is Idris Muhammad, Jameel Cromartie, Wesley Nixon, Melissa Freeman Cromartie, Henry McNeil, Elise Muhammad, Sheila Carr, Bill Freeman, Nuri Muhammad, Brian Carr, Tracy Moore. The Harris Family area is one of the lesser grown-over areas, and near the entrance of the cemetery.
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pproximatel y 30 people clearing the 5 acres of Freeman Cemetery at Seabreeze over the last two weeks are calling for more volunteers to join this weekend. The goal is to clear the thick brush and small trees that all but cover hundreds of the headstones, markers and graves of mostly Blacks and Native/Indians. They are all connected to the Black owned beach and fishing community residents prior to the 1950's. Several headstones note births as early as 1788, but an uncounted number is almost completely hidden.
Surnames on the markers include Bender, Blackledge, Bowens, Bozeman, Bryant, Cooper, Chaplin, Davis, Dinkins, Hall, Harris, Hill, Howe, Farrow, Freeman, Formey, Futch, Garner, James, Jones, Jordan, Lowe, Pickett, McDonald, McRae, McNeil, Mitchell, Moore, McQuillan, Ramsey, Taylor, Wade, Wilson, Wright. Atwood, Lacewell, Norwood, and Ross are likely here as well. Funeral service providers are AdkinsDrains, French I. Davis, Jordan, Sadgwar and Shaw funeral homes. The significance of preserving the cemetery was not lost on resident Wesley Nixon, who with others, cleared brush some 20 years ago. It is no longer the beautifully landscaped cemetery near a black lily-covered
pond, vegetable garden and strawberry patch, that Henry McNeil recalls from his childhood. He, Nixon, Bill Freeman and Richard McNeil, the staple "older generation" that have been present each week, are encouraged that some of the "younger folks" are also on hand with chain saws, gloves, machetes, and other tools to facilitate documentation of this historic area and time. As interest in genealogical research increases, the significance of documenting Black cemeteries is apparent. Researchers note the lack of public documentation of Black families as compared to that of White families. Pre-Civil War census reports list Blacks as property and use only first names given by former slave owners. Early post slavery reports list only the heads of households, and the genders and approximate ages of those within. Fires destroyed other New Hanover County records
and, reportedly, those of Black owned Sadgwar Funeral Home. All of these facts heighten the need to preserve the Freeman Cemetery of Seabreeze, a major part of the historical landscape referenced in several local books, pamphlets and documentaries. "We are hoping to clear away as much brush as possible before the spring brings in new growth," says McNeil. The next community clean up will be Saturday, March 3, 8:00 a. m. - 12:00 noon.
Jameel Cromartie is cutting down in an area that is very wooded with graves sites almost hidden. He is a descendant of Alexander and Robert Bruce Freeman, known to own large tracts of land from Carolina Beach to Masonboro Sound and beyond. His grandfather, Bill Freeman is grandson of Roscoe Freeman whose homestead still stands in the Seabreeze area.
Headstone of Thomas McQuillan, born 1840.
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Infant Willis Jordan was only 18 months old at his death. His is just one of many headstones from the Jordan Family in the cemetery.
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Headstone of Robert Bruce Freeman (Jr.) b. 1859, grandson of Alexander Freeman and Charity Freeman, foundation to one of the most important black landowning families in the county.
J.M. Blackledge b. 1877, owner of the Blue Moon dance hall, and a clothes cleaning business in the Seabreeze Community. Many other headstones for the Blackledge family are in the cemetery.
Richard McNeil worked from early morning to clear brush and foliage from the site. The McNeil headstones are numerous in the cemetery. The McNeil Family Reunion is held yearly and the family is one of the main pillars in the Seabreeze community.
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vehicle used to encourage specifically young Black prospective voters to express their general anger and frustration with "the system" and "police brutality," by not voting at all. The logical calculation, according to James, who was asked by an allegedly Russian backed group called "BlackMattersUSA" to come to Charlotte and lead an angry rally designed to further stir up community tensions, was that because Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump, depended on the Black vote and young people to win the presidency, her electoral effort in North Carolina would almost exclusively suffer. James, 25, says he was a member of a multiracial
demonstration group called "Living Ultra-violet," best known in July 2016 for taking to the streets in Raleigh and peacefully protesting the fatal police shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La. and Philando Castile in Minnesota, as well as the murders of five police officers in Dallas, Texas. James was interviewed by Raleigh TV station WTVD during that demonstration, where he stated that his group "…rallies around the Black Lives Matters movement to uplift [people of color]." James also noted that the group had no hatred towards law enforcement or White people. James says a woman saw him on television, and contacted him three days later about coming to Charlotte and speaking at a protest rally there. Because he didn't know much
about "BlackMattersUSA," he was impressed with their apolitical factual rhetoric and online following. However, they had no framework for the rally. James countered that he'd come, but only if he could coordinate the rally himself (James saw it as a golden opportunity to promote his own nonprofit group). The woman agreed. However, when the young Raleigh activist arrived in Charlotte in October 2016, based on who he met (two "Black kids with a White dude behind them…who didn't say anything"), and what he heard and saw, it was clear that BlackMattersUSA had an agenda far different from his own. James was committed to peace and constructive engagement, but what he was seeing were attempts "…to add fuel to the fire," designed to increase anti-police tensions,
Thursday, March 1, 2018 frustrations and distrust, and ultimately cause those attending the rally to socially and civically disengage. James told ABC News recently that people with "BlackMattersUSA" "…were definitely trying to stir up trouble." In Oct. 2017, a Russian investigative journalist named "Andre," tracking Russian connections, contacted James through Facebook, and informed him of the group's Russian ties and funding. "He completely blew my mind," James recalls. James was eventually asked to testify before a Congressional committee but declined. If subpoenaed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, James says he would have no choice but to testify but wouldn't be happy about it. Based on what he saw and heard, there's little doubt in his mind now
that what he witnessed was a Russian attempt during the 2016 campaign at Black voter suppression. Conrad James says that, given his experience, he looks over his shoulder now, not knowing whether friend or foe is lurking near, and yes, he does believe that the Trump Campaign was well aware that the Russians were doing something to help the businessman get elected. As for Hillary Clinton, she lost North Carolina - a state that Barack Obama won in 2008 by just 14,000 votes- by 177,000 to Trump. According to NPR, the Black vote for Clinton was six points fewer for her than Pres. Obama's Black support in 2012. If it had been the same, she would have won the North Carolina by 191,000 votes and secured North Carolina's 15 electoral college votes.
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BRUNSWICK Continued from Page 1 study their record, from where they come, what they did to move this county forward, how they feel about racial issues in this County and fairness and justice for all. Remember, Brunswick County, which has the name of being the most racially biased county of the one hundred counties in North Carolina, this is not what we want for a safe and sound future. We must remember that what affects one race affects others, no matter if you are Black, White, Hispanic, etc. It is time to look through this socalled conservative movement and begin to look for the truth rather than little white lies of large proportions. We must be able to keep our freedom and try to keep our justice system here in Brunswick County working. Very few of our elected officials are fair and just. Check their records. Don't let talk from uninformed sources make up your mind. Don't allow people with closed minds to stop you from making your choice of candidates. There are people who will share the right information with you. Don't be fooled! Bernest Hewett is President Emeritus of the Brunswick County Branch the NAACP.
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STATE BRIEFS COMPILED BY CASH MICHAELS NC REPUBLICANS FEEL THEY CAN WEATHER 2018 MIDTERMS [RALEIGH] According to conservative columnist John Hood, North Carolina Republican leaders are "…feeling cautiously optimistic about the 2018 midterms," despite the constant drumbeat of negative press about the Trump Administration in Washington, and the low approval ratings the GOP-led NC legislature is currently getting in public polling. Hood points to three factors for optimism - "Money, maps and momentum." First, the Republicans have a fundraising edge over Democrats going into the fall, in addition to outside groups also spending money to keep Republicans in power. In terms of maps, two negative decisions against the Republicans regarding their unconstitutional redistricting maps are currently tied up in the courts, and are not likely to be resolved anytime soon given the appeals process. And finally, thank rising poll numbers for the Trump tax reform law that polls show is becoming more and more popular, as some Americans are seeing slightly bigger paychecks. Add to that an improved economy, and Republicans feel that they can hold on to their supermajority this fall. Democrats, on the other hand, are counting on mounting dissatisfaction with the Trump Administration, and NC Republican policies, like eliminating judicial elections. STATE ELECTIONS DIRECTOR WANTS ELECTION SECUTRITY TIGHTENED [RALEIGH] Kim Strach, state director of the NC Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement, has asked state lawmakers, in a letter, to strengthen various current election laws in order to provide more ballot security to North Carolina's voting process. "Much has transpired since the Department of Homeland Security designated the elections sector as critical infrastructure in January 2017," Strach wrote. "We, along with the nation, have gained a disturbing but more accurate understanding of the threats confronting systems that administer elections." Strach is recommending that no voting system be connected to any wired or wireless networks; only certified electronic voter check-in systems be used; a secure electronic transmission system be created for receiving absentee and overseas military ballots; make it a misdemeanor for anyone not a county elections employee to copy voter records; Allow criminal background checks for all full-time or temporary elections workers.
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Wilmington pastor stands strong against racist letter EDITOR’S NOTE: The language used in the racist letter is offensive to all of us. However, we are pr i n t i n g t h e e x a c t w o r d s used. We will not clean up this vile letter. The Wilmington Journal will continue to print “all the news without fear or favor.” BY CASH MICHAELS OF THE WILMINGTON JOURNAL
[WILMINGTON] A Wilmington pastor has expressed concern about security at her church in the aftermath of receiving a racist letter that referred to impoverished AfricanAmerican communities as "Nigger town…" Rev. Dierdre Parker, pastor of Speaks Temple AME Zion Church at 1120 Dawson Street in Wilmington, posted half of the crude, and vile letter that was mailed to her church on her Facebook page Sunday. "There is a part of me that wonders if I should get security at the church?" Pastor Parker posted. "Will I need to keep my eyes on the door while I'm preaching? But who would walk into a church and hurt someone, right?" "That's what we all thought until 9 people were murdered in Charleston. So what do we do now? All I know is that I will continue to trust God, and I will continue to do what I've been called to do. Nobody said it would be easy." The letter is addressed to "MINISTER, Head Pastor" with Speaks Temple AMEZ's address, and was postmarked "Charlotte, NC 282" on "14FEB 2018 PM 4 L." It reads: Go to any city in the United States of America, any city. Go to the area of the city where you see drug dealers standing on the street corner, whores walking the street, metal bars or metal grating over the shop windows, run down houses with dirt yards, seedy buildings with windows shattered or broken out, creepy people (lazy bums) sitting on porches (porch monkeys), beat up cars and trucks, fat ass women, big lipped ape men, blue gummed people wandering around, a stench in the air, illegitimate kids everywhere, etc… Then the letter rhetorically asks in bold letters, "WHERE ARE YOU? Answer: Nigger town, of course." That was the first, and only part of the racist letter that Parker made public Sunday. Monday evening, during an exclusive interview, Pastor Parker revealed that she didn't post the second half of the letter because it was even worse: “Niggers do not give a s---t about anything. They're lazy. They stink. They're uneducated. They riot. They loot. They will steal you blind. They will not work for a living. They are the parasites of the land. Niggers suck off the white man. Niggers have always sucked off the white man. Niggers do nothing to contribute to the society in which we live. Nothing…nothing at all. How do you starve a nigger? Hide his food stamps under a pair of work boots.” The letter is not signed, and there was no return address. The Wilmington Police Dept. did interview Pastor Parker about the letter Monday evening, and took it with them. They are expected to increase patrols in the area of Speaks Temple, but explained that's the best they can do without knowing who sent it. The state Attorney General's Office also contacted Pastor Parker about the letter. Deborah Dicks Maxwell, president of the New Hanover County NAACP, was outraged.
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"This is unacceptable at anytime, but especially in 2018," Ms. Maxwell said in a statement. "We sincerely hope this is the only correspondence that was sent, but it was one too many." Many on social media black and white - have also expressed shock and outrage at the letter, wondering if other black churches across the state will get similar mis-
SPEAKS TEMPLE A.M.E.ZION CHURCH
sives in the mail. Pastor Parker has communicated with other clergy in Wilmington, including her
pastor, Rev. Dr. Cliff Barnett of Warner Temple AME Zion Church, to whom she also gave a copy of the letter.
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"I think more churches, or black businesses might get it ,"Pastor Parker said. "I just think they started with us."
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Toward a multiracial youth coalition (Via TriceEdneyWire.com)
ne cannot help but be riveted by the outstanding response from the young survivors of the carnage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and their absolute audacity in confronting both Florida legislators and the President with their frustration at the absence of common sense gun control. During a CNN Town Hall, student Cameron Kasky asked Senator Marco Rubio whether he would continue to take money from the National Rifle Association, the organization students have focused on as one of the reason there are no common sense gun laws. Rubio said he would continue to take money from the NRA (they own a $3 million slice of his hide), but that he would agree to change laws so no one under 21 could purchase an automatic weapon, and that he would agree to outlaw the bump stocks that Dr. transform semi-automatic weapons to autoJulianne matic weapons. Malveaux All of the students who have spoken up have been impressive, so much so that CNN commentator Jack Kingston (former Georgia Republican congressman) and other of his ilk have asserted that these students are "crisis actors" who are being "manipulated" by "liberals" and "Democrats". All you have to do is listen to one of these young people, hear the tears trailing at the end of their voices, and hear their frustrated voices rising into yelling, to know they have not been coached. The emotion is too raw, the feelings are too real, and one young woman told a CNN reporter that she "resented" the notion of manipulation. These young people are between 14 and 18, middle and uppermiddle-class young people who have had the benefit of a civics education. They plan to March on Washington on March 14th, and have already attracted support from Oprah Winfrey, George and Amal Clooney, and others. The Parkland young people have been savvy enough to note that their school was not shot up by an immigrant but by a homegrown terrorist. They have implicitly rejected the rhetoric that comes from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue about dangerous immigrants. Imagine that they actively reached out to some of the dreamers and encouraged them to be part of the youth movement for common sense gun laws. Some dreamers will be vulnerable to being deported as early as March 6. If these youth can combine their movements with their demands, they could develop a very powerful movement. Imagine further, that the young people who have been exposed to gun violence on the streets of cities like Chicago and Washington, DC joined the Parkland movement, and that a group of diverse young people came together to push politicians to do better on legislation that affects their generation. This includes gun laws, but may also include health care, and access to education. Even though the Parkland young'uns come from middle-class backgrounds, they are surely aware of the narrowing of opportunities for the middle class. If these mostly white young people could join with youth of color, they could mirror the dream that Dr. Martin Luther King had when he talked about multiracial coalitions. Perhaps I'm being overly optimistic about the possibility of a multiracial youth coalition. We have seen several young white men pick up automatic weapons and kill multiple people. Dylan Roof was just 21 when he killed nine African Americans at Emanuel African American Episcopal Church. Nikolas Cruz, the killer In Parkland, is 19. Even as the Parkland students galvanize, there are forces that are also galvanizing young people. These are the neo-Nazis, the white supremacists, and the downright racists who appeal to young white men who somehow feel that others have more opportunity than they do. These are the folks who listen to the siren call of 45's rhetoric and eagerly embrace his divisiveness. Still, if we believe, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice", then we must be optimistic about positive developments in the political arena. The young people who have risen up are a positive development. If they are able to join with young people of color to push politicians in the right direction, we will all be better off ! Julianne Malveaux is an author and economist. Her latest book "Are We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public Policy" is available via www.amazon.com for booking, wholesale inquiries or for more info visit www.juliannemalveaux.com.
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YOUR VOICE I DID NOT SEE THE MOVIE "SUPERFLY" NOR HAVE I SEEN "BLACK PANTHER," THE MOVIE THAT IS RAKING IN A LOT OF MONEY AS DID "SUPERFLY" Both of these movies were based on fantasy. THE FIRST MOVIE WAS BASED ON HOW WE EXPLOIT OURSELVES AND THE OTHER MOVIE WAS BASED ON HOW A HERO SAVED US. One was from the street styles of hustling, pimping and committing crimes and violence. The other comes from the pages of a Marvel comic book with the movie having inferences to our History so I am told. As we were distracted from the high rise of deaths and disasters from heroin during the time of Superfly across this nation based on emulations of the characters, we lost focus and thought that replicating such a life style was better than strug-
gling for a better life, a better community. The costumes worn in the movie “Superfly” became regular outfits for millions of African Americans and we were consumers and grossed no income in any manner. Many became “paragons of tragic living,” as I remember hearing then and now, jails, institutions and death. With ALL the majesty that is Africa, and in order seemingly for our People and others to enjoy our persona, we have to spend our money to see a made up story about a hero. Well, wasn’t Marcus Garvey a hero or Harriet Tubman a sheroe?. What about Patricia Harris or Constance Baker-Motley just to name a few that we as a People, even as a Nation should learn about, but not from the pages of some obscure comic book called Marvel. We seem to embrace that which is not true as our History and remain in the dark because
we do not read and pay high prices for movie tickets and that doesn’t include the sweets and drinks. There are no movies, not yet telling our stories of conquering Iberia and ruling for hundred of years and would later be called Spain. There are no stories of the great institutions of learning in Timbuktu in Mali when Europeans were living as nomads with no where near the advancements of our Ancestors. Claim your History by knowing it and stop shaming it by trying to associate a money making movie as true. I marvel at you for taking the side of the comic book by Marvel that will make more profit for Disney. The fall out in various merchandise and games associated with the film will have folks spending for years and we do not own a store to sell any of these future products. How do we gain or are we still slaves? Of course it is good to see an
African American director along with its cast, but if we are to know ourselves, let us not forget who the Black Panthers represented and how once proud many of us were to finally have somebodies standing for our rights, not a super hero created by a comic book, but real folks that knew our pain and said ENOUGH! Those men and women tried to stand for our rights with some being murdered in their sleep and hunted down and jailed. That is our reality, a reality that many try to escape by going to a movie that exploits our dignity and our struggle. WHAT ARE OUR CREATIVE OPTIONS WHEN IT COMES TO MOVIE MAKING ABOUT OUR HISTORY? This was not written for you to agree or disagree, just for you to think. Popcorn anybody? Haywood Fennell Boston, MA
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Janus case is part of continuing attack on workers (Via TriceEdneyWire.com)
n Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Janus v. AFSCME; a ruling is expected in a few months. The case is the culmination of a concerted right-wing attack on the unions of Rev. Jesse teachers, poJackson, Sr. lice officers, firefighters, nurses and other public sector workers. If successful, it will lower working family incomes across
the country, in union and nonunion households, in public sector and private sector alike. The question is fundamental. No worker can be forced to belong to a union. Public sector unions, however, are required to negotiate and represent all workers in a workplace whether they belong to the union or not. Current law allows unions to collect "fair share fees" for the basic costs the union incurs for representing non-union members who benefit not only from the higher wages and benefits that the union negotiates but also from the representation sometimes costly - the union provides in personal grievance proceedings and other contract
disputes with the employer. In the Janus case, Mark Janus, a social worker in Illinois who is not a member of the union, claims that paying fees for services he benefits from is somehow a violation of his right to free speech. The chances are good that the five right-wing activist judges on the Supreme Court may well overturn more than 40 years of precedents to support this bizarre argument. The Janus case doesn't arise from widespread popular opposition to unions. It is part of a concerted, multi-faceted assault on worker organization financed by zealous right-wing foundations like the Koch Institute, the Bradley Foun-
dation, the Uihlein Foundation, the Walton Foundation and more. It is a central reason why the Republican Senate outrageously refused even to bring President Obama's Supreme Court nomination to a vote, essentially stealing a Supreme Court seat for the right. Reactionary employers - like Walmart and the Walton family - bitterly oppose unions for obvious reasons. Unions empower workers to gain a fairer share of the profits and productivity that they help to generate. That reduces the amount of money investors and owners can make off with.
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The Second Amendment and White anxiety
here has been yet another school shooting in America. The multiple murders at the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida mark the 18th school shooting in this nation since the beginning of the year. And once again the only response by elected officials has been to offer "thoughts and prayers" for the victims and their famOscar H. ilies. Blayton News anchors and p u n d i t s scratch their heads and ask, "What can be done to fix this?" while ignoring the obvious answer - limit access to guns. If this seems like madness, it's because it is. This country clearly has a gun problem, a problem that can be solved if we act, as so many countries around the world have done. But we choose not to. Much of the blame for these killings is placed at the feet of the National Rifle Association (NRA), the political behemoth that slides dollars into the
pockets of every conservative federal elected official and to many state politicians as well. These "bribes" ensure that conservative politicians will not enact any meaningful legislation that will stop or slow the flow of guns, even into the hands of the criminally insane. But the NRA could not exist without a culture in this country that places a higher priority on the right to gun ownership than on the lives of school children. The main question then becomes, "How did this madness come to dictate America's priorities?" In attempting to answer this question, we cannot ignore the racial dynamic of America's obsession with guns. White men can walk the streets with fully loaded automatic rifles and suffer no negative consequences, while people of color are shot dead for having a toy gun. This is because the freedom of Americans to bears arms that is not the real issue here; it is the freedom of white Americans to arm themselves against people of color (who are perceived as a threat). Even though the great majority of mass shooters are
white, the perceived threat is the armed person of color. The psyches of many white Americans are tainted by a fear of retribution for past wrongs and injustices committed against people of color. This fear will not go away anytime soon because for as long as the injustices persist, the fear will persist and the gun culture will persist. So, the mass killings will persist. Typically, and ironically, the victims of American injustice are not doing the killing. A segment of the white populace that is armed to the teeth unleashes its murderous anxiety by firing assault weapons, killing the innocent. It may seem farfetched to quote a character from a "Star Wars" episode, but in this case, the warning by Master Jedi Yoda's makes sense: "Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering." To those whites prone to such behavior, Donald Trump has given license to openly fear and hate people of color. The resulting suffering has followed, as night follows the day. The problem of mass shootings is most definitely a gun
problem. It is also undeniably a mental health problem. And at the base of it all, the root of the gun culture that allows the mentally ill to run around with the capability to commit multiple murders is white America's fear of people of color. But the fear that many white people have of people of color pales in comparison to their fear of a Black man with a gun. The high-water mark for American gun control legislation during the last eighty years was in the late 1960s, due in large part to the Black Panther Party showing up heavily armed at the California State House in May 1967. The sight of armed Black men with large afros and berets sent a chill down America's spine and sparked political activity that eventually led to new gun control laws being passed in federal and state legislatures. In the years since, law enforcement across the country struck heavy blows against Black organizations perceived to be radical, armed and dangerous. These organizations began to fade and the perceived
BLAYTON Continued on page 5
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JACKSON Continued from page 4 As a study by the Economic Policy Institute shows, when unions were at the height of their membership - representing 33.4 percent of employees in 1945, the top 10 percent of America pocketed a generous 32.6 percent - about a third - of the nation's income. In 2015, with unions reduced to only 11.1 percent of the work force, the richest 10 percent pocketed 47.8 percent - nearly half - of the national income. Ironically, principled conservatives ought to support unions, small-d democratic
BLAYTON Continued from page 4 threat level lessened. Once this happened, gun control began to be relaxed. A working paper released by the Harvard Business School in 2016 explored the impact of mass shootings on gun policy from 1989 to 2014. It showed that gun laws have been loosened over the years by legislators courted by the gun lobby. The paper even states, "When there is a Republican-controlled legislature, mass shootings lead to more firearm laws that loosen gun control. A mass shooting in the previous year increases the number of enacted laws that loosen gun restrictions by 75% in states with Republican-controlled legisla-
organizations mediating between the individual and the state and providing schools of democracy and citizenship. Today's right-wing, however, treats them as an arch-enemy, scorning them for supporting programs for the common good - investment in schools, a higher minimum wage, a secure retirement, affordable health care - rather than benefits to entrenched interests and the rich. So the right set out to crush unions, through legislation, litigation, disinformation campaigns and more. Taking off with Ronald Reagan, the campaign has been systematic and unrelenting, and increasingly
successful. Workers wages have declined and inequality has grown more extreme as a direct result. With an anti-union ruling in Janus, the right hopes that more and more employees will choose to be free riders, refusing to join the union while enjoying the benefits that the union negotiates for free. Then, as a bill already introduced in Florida demonstrates, they will move to decertify unions whose dues -paying members constitute less than a majority of the workplace. This is a fundamental human rights issue. Dr. Martin Luther King was gunned down in Memphis, where he had gone
to stand with sanitation workers seeking to form a union. He understood that the right to organize and bargain collectively was vital not only to workers but to democracy. With the Janus case, that fundamental right is under assault at a time when we should all be working to strengthen the right to organize, not undermine it. Now is the time for citizens of conscience to stand with the public employees that serve us the teachers, police officers, firefighters, nurses and others. We will all pay the price if the right's attack goes unanswered. Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. is founder and president PUSH/ Rainbow Coalition.
tures." In other words, when there is a mass shooting, Republicans make it easier for someone to commit another mass shooting by loosening gun control laws. This can best be explained by the existence of a great fear of, and a need to arm against, the perceived threat posed by people of color. The gun lobby's 2nd Amendment argument to keep and bear arms is predicated upon self-defense. But the language of that amendment begins," A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State…" Gun rights advocates never talk about this first clause of the one sentence that is the 2nd Amendment. The necessary "well regulated Militia" under-
pinning the right to keep and bear arms has been swept aside, as it is now alleged that the amendment addresses the security of individuals rather than that of the "free state." Today, it is white privilege, not America that some white people are seeking to be protected by the 2nd Amendment. We must now ask ourselves, "How do we, as citizens, take on the gun lobby and the culture that supports it?" Clearly, our current, collective elected officials will do nothing. We, as citizens, need to begin on the local, state and federal levels to replace politicians who are lackeys of the NRA and the gun lobby so that we can pass laws restricting access to automatic weapons. The right to bear arms does not mean the right to bear all
weapons. Ordinary people cannot possess mortars, rocket launchers or grenades, so, why can't we extend these prohibitions to include automatic assault rifles? Why can't we mandate strict background checks and limit the number of guns an individual can purchase? We must put people in office who have principles and who value human life over profit and privilege and find ways to pass laws that create more effective gun controls. It is time for us to use gun laws to protect citizens rather than to secure white privilege. Oscar H. Blayton is a former Marine Corps combat pilot and human rights activist who practices law in Virginia.
TO BE EQUAL
Nothing stands in the way of gun reform but lack of courage and political will; the teens of Parkland have both (Via TriceEdneyWire.com) This is our first task, caring for our children. It's our first job. If we don't get that right, we don't get anything right. That's how, as a society, we will be judged. And by that measure, can we truly say, as a nation, that we're meeting our obligations? Can we honestly say that we're doing enough to keep our children, all of them, safe from harm? - President Barack Obama, prayer vigil for victims of Newtown shooting, 2012.
early 20 years ago, in the wake of what was then the worst school mass shooting, I led a bipartisan group of mayors urging Congress to pass major gun reform legislation. The Gun Violence Task Force of the U.S. Confe-
rence of Mayors, of which I was President, called for reforms including raising the minimum age for purchasing and possessing a handgun from 18 to 21, requiring background checks at guns shows and limiting gun purchases to one a month per individual. As horrified as we were then, just after the Columbine shooting in 1999, we could not have imagined the next 19 years would bring not reforms, but even more lenient gun laws; another 200-plus school shootings, and more than 122 students, teachers and coaches slain. The Everytown for Gun Safety coalition, to which National Urban League belongs, has tallied the number of school shootings so far in 2018 at 17. The number is disputed by those who believe accidental gunfire should not be counted, but what a tragic statistic over which to haggle. Mass shootings garner headlines but gun violence kills an average of 96 Americans every single day. We need reform at every level. The National
Urban League supports: •a criminal background check for every gun sale. States that require background checks for all handgun sales see about half the rate of firearm deaths among domestic violence victims, law enforcement in the line of duty and suicides, and about half as much gun trafficking in cities. •renewal of the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act, commonly known as the assault weapons ban. The AR-15 rifle, used in many of the deadliest recent mass shootings, uses 30-round magazines, allowing a shooter to fire about a hundred rounds per minute. •keeping guns out of the hands of convicted domestic abusers. Half the women killed with guns in the U.S. are murdered by their partners - about 50 women every month. More than half of mass shootings involved the killing of a partner or relative. •education, technology and laws that keep guns out of the hands of children. American children are 16 times more like-
ly to die via gunshot than in other developed countries, usually as a result of playing with a gun in their own homes. •a strong federal trafficking law to crack down on illegal gun trafficking networks. Ninety percent of the guns found at crime scenes in New York City were originally bought out of state and brought to the city illegally. The current law that prohibits "selling guns without a federal license," carries the same punishment as trafficking chicken or livestock. For those of us who've long been engaged in the fight to reform our nations gun laws, the movement that has arisen in the wake of last week's Parkland, Florida, shooting has brought both inspiration and hope. Nothing stands in the way of common sense reform but our own lack of courage and political will. The teenagers of Parkland have both. Marc H. Morial, former mayor of New Orleans, is president and CEO of the National Urban League.
Parental school choice, the past is prologue
ust days ago, applications opened for two of North Carolina's three private school scholarship programs. Parents of thousands of lowincome and special needs children are now applying for the state's Opportunity Scholarship Program or new Education Savings Account. For school choice Darrell advocates, it Allison is a singular and celebratory moment: Never before has North Carolina offered more educational options to families needing them most. Years in the making, these accomplishments have been guided by two core commitments: ensuring that programs fulfill a clear purpose, and that they are responsive to the needs of families. These commitments have also shaped the work of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC), the parental school choice advocacy organization I helped found in 2005-an organization that pushed for measures benefiting families today. Moving forward, my work will continue to be guided by
these commitments, but I will complement, rather than lead, PEFNC's efforts. Beginning March 1, I will become National Director for State Teams and Political Strategy for the American Federation for Children (AFC). AFC promotes sound, sustainable school choice policies nationwide that empower parents to choose the school best suited to their child's needs. It's vitally important work, undergirded by these same commitments. Why is building on these commitments critical, here and elsewhere? A decade of successful reforms in North Carolina points the way. Consider that in 2005, North Carolina had no private school scholarship programs; a legislative cap restricted charter school growth to 100 schools statewide. In 2011, lawmakers removed the cap-expanding innovation and serving families needing a nontraditional public option. North Carolina has since experienced nearly 75% growth in public charter schools; these schools now enroll over 100,000 students. And when you include those parents who seek to homeschool their children, the total number of parents seeking to educate their children non-traditionally in our state nears 330,000. A sense of purpose and
responsiveness to families also shaped the creation of North Carolina's private school scholarship programs. In 2011, lawmakers established a tax credit for families of special needs students, later converted to the Children with Disabilities Scholarship Grant. This year, the grant is providing nearly 1,100 special needs students with educational alternatives. In 2013, lawmakers created the Opportunity Scholarship Program, enabling lowincome children to access private school scholarships of up to $4,200. Again, the program's need and purpose were clear: Many of these children were assigned, because of their address, to the state's lowest-performing public schools; their families lacked the means to enroll them elsewhere. This fall, over 10,000 low-income students will be allowed to attend private schools using Opportunity Scholarships and the demand for this program has never been stronger with nearly 2,500 families submitted applications within the first week of the program's application period. Mindful of parental need, lawmakers voted in 2016 to expand the Opportunity Scholarship Program by $10 million annually over a
decade. This summer they locked in funding expansion, creating an additional 2,000 scholarships annually. Yet parents of children with more severe disabilities still had critical unmet needs. Lawmakers thus established a third scholarship program, the Special Needs Education Savings Account (ESA), in 2017. The ESA provides families with up to $9,000 annually to cover educational expenses for specials needs children. Already, families have submitted over 250 applications for the estimated 330 scholarships available in 2018-2019. At every juncture, PEFNC and other school choice supporters promoted these measures, ensuring their purpose was clear and that they focused, first, on families. Each measure garnered bipartisan support, proof positive that parents and purposeful policies can indeed trump politics. What lies ahead? These successes set the stage for what is yet to come. Surely, individual efforts to advance parental school choice will evolve as the future unfolds. But a shared commitment to prioritizing families' needs and pushing for purpose-
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Scuffles over Second Amendment reveal immature thinking
very time there is a mass shooting, the arguments about the Second Amendment come roiling back into the American conversation, revealing a deep immaturity and a petulance among Second Amendment supporters that is hard to understand. No politician has said that there is a desire to take everyone's guns away. The complaint is against the use of a military weapon in this country as a matter of course; the AR- 15 is a weapon used in war, meant to be used to kill a mortal enemy. It is understandable that gun owners want to hold onto their firearms - both for sport and for protection. Nobody is against that. It is the semi and fully automatic weapons which are the issue. The bullets from these weapons do irreparable damage to their victims; a horrid death is usually the outcome. A doctor treating victims from the Florida school shooting described the wounds he saw after that fateful day; victims' organs are shred to pieces, making it impossible to repair them. Death is the outcome. (https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/02/what-i-saw-treating-theRev. Susan victims-from-parkland-should-change-theK. Smith debate-on-guns/553937/) The smaller bullet used in an AR-15 causes maximum damage; the weapon was created for combat to replace the M-16, which proved to be ineffective during the Vietnam War. In combat, using such a lethal weapon (AR-15) makes sense. (https://www.theatlantic.com/ politics/archive/2017/11/why-the-ar-15-is-so-lethal/545162/) But we are not in a war. This is a violent society and always has been, but the fact is, the people who are using AR-15s are not fighting enemies. They are killing innocent, unarmed people en masse. The freedoms in our Constitution are precious to us all, but this spoiled brat mentality around guns is puzzling and frustrating. People who say they are "pro-life" have no qualms, no issues, about such a lethal weapon being used in America, killing hundreds of people. They whine about their fear of their guns being taken away, refusing to acknowledge that nobody wants to take all of their guns away. Just the AR 15 and other combat-type weapons. Out Constitution gives people the right to bear arms, but it does not give people the right to commit mass murder or to kill innocent, unarmed people. That is a crime and it belies a hypocrisy about what many gun owners proclaim to believe about the sanctity of life. People kill people, they say, not guns …but it is people with guns who are causing the tragedies we are experiencing. If the combat weapons were outlawed there would still be mass shootings, I am sure, but the damage and the death that would result would be far less. The issue of gun control has become a bellwether on the issue of maturity amongst many. It is appalling that those who love guns have adopted a rather immature stance, saying, in essence, that if they cannot have their way, regardless of how dangerous these assault weapons are to others, then it's a signal that "the other side" wants to "take our guns away." The behavior is that of a toddler, who, if he or she cannot have everything they've demanded, they take their marbles and go home. If the argument was that all guns should be taken away, the complaint offered by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and gun lovers would hold water, but what is going on is about as selfish, small-minded and immature as can be. What would happen if a crazed person entered the halls of Congress and took out an AR 15 and killed innocent lawmakers? What if a "good guy with a gun" took out his gun but was gunned down before he could hit the would-be assailant? Or what would the mantra be if "good guys with guns" took out their weapons (presumably AR 15s, in order to have a fair gunfight) and ended up killing innocent fellow lawmakers or other people in the line of fire? Or what would happen if said crazed killer entered the school of their children or grandchildren, and shot them to death with a weapon that would make their loved ones unidentifiable? Perhaps African Americans should go out and buy AR-15s. Maybe the solution to getting those weapons off the streets and thereby protecting innocent people is to have masses of African Americans carrying the guns. That would cause a stir; that would cause immediate gun control measures. The "Panthers' Bill" passed in 1967n with the full support of the National Rifle Association. (https://www.huffington post.com/entry/black-panthers-califor nia-1967_us_568 accfce4b014efe0db2f40) The Panthers were not committing mass murders, either. They were simply bearing arms to protect their communities. The spoiled-child response to the desire by the majority of people in this country to have assault weapons banned is disturbing but telling. Privileged white people - and some blacks aw well - are having temper tantrums at the expense of a lot of innocent people because they think they are entitled to have their way, no matter what. They need to be put on punishment - with their toys (assault weapons) taken away - so that the masses of Americans can live lives free of the fear that grips us all. Rev. Susan K Smith is available for lectures, workshops and preaching. Contact her at [email protected]
, or visit her page at www.crazyfaithministries.org.
ALLISON Continued on this page driven policies? That remains unchanged. Parents and children, in North Carolina and across the nation, are counting on it.
Darrell Allison has served as the founding president of PEFNC since 2005 and will become the National Director of State Teams and Political Strategy for American Federation for Children beginning March 1st.
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COMMUNITY HOMETOWN NEWS FROM BRUNSWICK COUNTY
New Hanover County Moneet’s Closet Prom Drive will be accepting donations at Beautiful Beginning Boutique, 4314 Market St. Suite 17, Wednesday-Saturday from 12:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m., Johnson’s VIP Barber and Salon, 3138 Wrightsville Ave., Tuesday-Fridayfrom 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 3701 princess Pl. Dr., Tuesday- Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 5;00 p.m. Moneet’s Closet Prom Drive 2018 will be held at MLK Center, 401 S. 8th St., on March 17th from 10:00 a.m.Community 3:00 p.m. First come, first serve. Provinding high school juniors and seniors at no cost formal attire for Briefs prom. Dresses, shoes, jewelry and much more. Contact Audrey Clark at 910-200-8030 for more information. "Miss Eva Palmer Arriving," an afternoon with local author and talk show host Derrick Anderson will be hold on On Saturday, March 10 at 4:00 at Pomegranate Books. Derrick's debut novel, is about AfricanAmerican life in the armed services during the Vietnam War. Derrick will be discussing the book and signing copies. Pomegranate is located at 4418 Park Avenue. For more information please call 910-452-1107. Policies for briefs, news, & photos on page 2.
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Manny Lloyd joins UNCW Upperman African American Cultural Center Manny Lloyd '17 has been named the cultural enrichment programs coordinator at UNCW Upperman African American Cultural Center. Lloyd, who received his bachelor's degree in political science from UNCW, had served as a temporary coordinator since August 2017. He officially joined the center in February 2018. "We are excited about the possibilities that lie ahead for Manny as one who possesses so many amazing qualities," said Sean Palmer, Upperman African American Cultural Center director. "He is an asset to our endeavors to create dynamic programming that honors our unique culture." During his undergraduate studies, Lloyd was a participant in the Upperman Center's Excellence Project, a peer mentoring program, as both a mentee and ultimately a mentor. That experience led him to seek a career in higher education. "I saw the impact administrators can have on students and the community as a whole," he said. "I hope I can inspire students of all races and ethnicities to pursue a fuller, more complete understanding and appreciation for Africana culture. I also want to help black students see the beauty of what blackness has to offer and expand
Thursday, March 1, 2018
A time to speak out and let our voices be heard
s I have often reminded us before, we live in steadily changing times. They are changing in our local community, in North Carolina, in the United States and the world at large. Senseless violence in our communities is much more Verniece prevalent than ever. Senseless Stanley shootings and other types of killings are occurring more and more readily each day. As recently as February 14, 2018, Valentine's Day, 17 students and staff were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Besides the 17 who were shot fatally, 14 others were injured and hospitalized as a result of the shooting. This has been the most recent in a long string of shootings in large gatherings of people and is considered one of the
world's most deadly killings. This has raised great concerns among a great many people with regard to how to stop such killings. As a result of this shooting, concerned people, particularly students and young people, along with local, state, and national leaders, saddened and outraged, have spoken out in objection to the sale and distribution among private citizens, etc. automatic rifles/ weaponry that is really intended for military use. The cry has been that there is no place for such weapons of mass destruction, in this case the AR-15, except in the military. The main outcry has been in reference to school safety. Parents are disturbed that the times have changed to the point in which parents no longer feel comfortable sending their children to school in the morning. They have a concern that the children may be murdered or maimed at school between the time they drop them off, or are dropped off by the school bus, and the time for them to return home in the afternoon.
We must spend more money in an effort to protect our people. There is simply too much senseless killing of both the young and the old. We want to feel that we can attend any lawful gathering we wish without having to worry about being killed in the process. Children ought to feel a sense of security as they sit in schools where they are trying to acquire the best education possible. Worshippers ought to feel secure as they attend church services and worship God in their own way. They ought not have to worry about having someone come in and "shoot up the place." Sports fans and other such event attenders ought to feel nothing but a sense of security from danger as they attend fun events whenever and wherever they choose. People are speaking out and demonstrating their right to assemble in protest to the laxity of gun laws in this country. It is their right to let their voices be heard and we are hearing from more and more who are concerned with safety for all
concerned. More and more, political leaders from every branch of government are being called into question and called upon to bring back automatic weapons ban and stop the senseless mass shootings as we have come to know them. It's a time for us all to speak out and let our own voices be heard. Verniece E. Stanley is a native of Brunswick County. She grew up on a farm but wanted more excitement in life. She graduated from high school in Brunswick County in 1948 and graduated from Fayetteville State Teachers' College in 1952. She taught school in Brunswick County for nine years. She moved to Baltimore, Maryland, married, and taught school for twentyfive more years. She received her master's degree from Morgan State College in Baltimore City. She retired and moved back to Bolivia, N. C. where she enjoys writing articles for The Wilmington Journal and is an active member of the NAACP Board.
Williston Alumni Assn. commemorates the closing of Williston BY LINDA PEARCE CONTRIBUTING WRITER
their understanding of what it means to appreciate your identity as an African American." As a cultural enrichment programs coordinator, Lloyd will help the center offer programming designed to help individuals to better understand Africana and African American culture. This year, the center is exploring the history and influence of the Gullah Geechee culture throughout African American life. Programming offered by the Upperman African American Cultural Center, part of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, supports UNCW's commitment to inclusiveness as outlined in its Strategic Plan.
Fifty years ago, the doors of Williston Senior High School were closed as ordered by the New Hanover County School Board. Gone was the institution that had been the cornerstone of quality education and center of life in the black community. That simple act initiated a profound change in the lives of local blacks, the effects of which are still being felt. This July, the Williston Alumni Association remembers this life-changing action with two days of activities that will bring former Willistonians together to share memories and to bear
homage to the greatest school under the sun. On Tuesday, July 3rd, the organization will sponsor the Legacy Motown Revue Show at the Scottish Rite Temple where former students, family and friends may gather to enjoy music from "back in the day". We have contracted with a dynamic group and we promise you an outstanding and entertaining evening. On Wednesday, July 4th, we will meet on the grounds of our former high school for our traditional Mix from 10AM2PM. We will also include a program that acknowledges the great loss to this community when Williston Senior High School closed its doors for the
last time as a high school. The cost of the two days is $50. Checks should be made payable to WAA and mailed to P.O. Box 2, Wilmington, NC, 28402. The deadline for receipt of fees is March 31st. The Alumni Association gives scholarships annually with the goal of assisting descendants of former Willistonians with their pursuit of a secondary education. Please consider sending a donation for our scholarships as well as your annual dues of $24 if you are, or want to be, a member of the Williston Alumni Assn. If you will, please put a note in your mailing so we may forward your donations to the
proper place. Those of you who received our mailout need to get your information back to us as soon as possible as we are going to open the Motown Revue to the public after the March 31st deadline. If you need more information, please call Linda Pearce Thomas, '63, at (910)232-8310, Sonja Bull Green, '64 at (910)763-5291, Barbara Adger DeVane, '63, at (910)395-4616 or Bill Holden, '61, at (703) 868-6089. We are looking forward to seeing everybody this holiday, as usual, but especially because of the special significance of this year - 50 years since the closing of our beloved high school.
Mrs. Mable Robbins Davis celebrates 95 years
Friends School of Wilmington (NC) is seeking a dynamic Lead Kindergarten Teacher beginning August, 2018 The Lead Kindergarten Teacher is responsible for planning and implementing a curriculum based on Montessori and inquiry-based practice with the help of a full-time assistant. Duties include creating and overseeing a nurturing, individualized, child-centered, "prepared environment" that enables each child to develop according to his/her needs, interests, and abilities. The ideal candidate will possess: 1)Relevant teaching experience with a deep understanding of the Montessori approach. 2)An understanding of FSW's Quaker philosophy and mission. 3)Confidence in collaborating with an assistant teacher. 4)Ability to communicate warmly and effectively with students, parents, and co-workers. We offer a competitive salary package, health insurance, a tuition discount, retirement benefits and a friendly and nurturing working environment. Please send your resume, a statement of educational philosophy, and three references to Head of School Brenda Esch at [email protected]
, Complete applications received by March 15th will receive priority consideration.
MRS. MABLE ROBBINS DAVIS WITH FAMILY
SPECIAL TO THE WILMINGTON JOURNAL
Blessed to reach a milestone birthday of 95 years on
February 8, 2018 over 100 family and friends surprised Mrs. Mable Robbins Davis for her birthday celebration. They came from New York, Washington, DC, Virginia, New
Jersey, The City and the surrounding area and gathered in the beautifully decorated fellowship hall of the First Baptist Missionary Church on Saturday, February 10, 2018 to
surprise her. What an enjoyable time and thanks to all who came, sent cards, gifts, etc. God bless everyone and thank to all who made this a great celebration!!
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Thursday, March 1, 2018 Mr. Odell Sidberry Odell Sidberry was born September 4, 1947, to the late Jeff and Naomi Sidbury. Odell transitioned from these earthly shores on February 14, 2018 at NorthChase Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Wilmington, NC. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Charles I. Sidberry and Luther Sidberry. Odell joined Old Scotts Hill A. M. E. Church at an early age and attended until his illness. He was educated in the New Hanover County School System, matriculating from Williston High School. He received an Associate in Science Degree from Cape Fear Technical Institute (currently known as Cape Fear Community College). Odell served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Odell served in his community as a Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician II with the City of Wilmington Fire Department. Additionally, Odell was employed with Singer, the ABC Board and as a long distance truck driver. Odell's favorite pastime was playing baseball with the Scotts Hill Community and had a special knack for pitching. Odell was a father, brother, grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend. One could find Odell, strolling the Scotts Hill Community, walking to the local grocery store for his favorite snacks and spending time with his beloved "Tree Boys." He was loved by all and had a special gift of telling you what was exactly on his mind. Odell leaves to cherish his memories, his son, Odell E. Sidberry of San Antonio, TX; two sisters Geraldine S. Galloway and Johnnie Mae Nixon both of Wilmington, NC; one brother, Jeff Sidbury, Jr. (Helen) of Castle Hayne, NC, one grandson, Odell E. Sidberry II, of Woodbridge, VA; two dedicated nieces, Sharon "The Boss" Sidbury and Katrine "Tina Marie" Greene; a few special cousins, Don Nixon, Victor Nixon, Peggy Lockett and Martha Brown all of Wilmington, NC; and a host of other relatives, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral services were held on Friday, February 23, 2018 at Old Scotts Hill AME Church. Burial in Pollock Cemetery. Arrangements by Adkins-Drain Funeral Service. Inc., 515 South Eighth Street, Wilmington, North Carolina 28401. Condolences may be shared at www.adkinsdrainfuneralservice.com. Mrs. Olivia Sloan Gore Sister Olivia Sloan Gore of Southport, North Carolina passed away on February 18, 2018. Sister Olivia was born in Wilmington, N.C. She was the eldest child of Alexander and Gertrude (Steward) Sloan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by Harry Sr., her beloved husband of 55 years, brothers Alexander Sloan, Jr., Charles Sloan, James Sloan, Edward Sloan and sister Winona Sanders. She attended Wilmington Public Schools, graduating from Williston High School. She attended St. Stephen AME Church throughout her youth. She graduated from Fayetteville State Teacher's College (now
Fayetteville State University). After marrying her beloved husband, Harry W. Gore, Sr., of Southport she worked as an elementary school teacher in Newport News, VA for over 30 years. Sister Olivia was an active member of St. Paul AME Church in Newport News, VA, the AME Church Lay Organization, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and the Order of the Eastern Star. After retirement, she moved with Harry to Southport, NC where they joined Mount Carmel AME Church. She served as a volunteer tutor and was active with Retired Teachers of the Cape Fear Area and the North Carolina Lay Organization. What Sister Olivia would want people to remember her for would be her love of family, friends and sharing Christ's tenderness, peace and joy with all. We remember her for this and her infectious laugh. She was the glue that held family and friends together. Sister Olivia is survived by her son, Harry (Susan) W. Gore, Jr., of O'Fallon, IL, grandson Harry W. Gore, III of Mission Hills, CA, granddaughter Christian Gore of Fairfield, CA, granddaughter Michelle (Brad) Edmonsdon of Webster Groves, MO, 9 great grandchildren, brothers Wilbur Sloan of Suffolk, VA and Elbert (Freddie Maye) Sloan of Joppatown, MD, numerous nieces and nephews, and beloved members of her extended church family. Funeral services were held on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at Mt. Carmel AME Church. Burial in Northwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Adkins-Drain Funeral Service. Inc., 515 South Eighth Street, Wilmington, North Carolina 28401. Condolences may be shared at www.adkinsdrainfuneralservice.com.
of Bethlehem Affiliations in Brooklyn, NY. Upon her retirement, Theresa relocated back to her native home to care for her mother. In 1989, Theresa met and married the love of her life, Ernest Walker. She was an active and faithful member of Mt. Zion AME Church. She was a board member on the North Side Community Planning Project serving alongside former Mayor Harper Peterson and the late Harry Forden. Together they worked on several projects to renovate and beautify the City of Wilmington, including brick replacement on Brunswick Street and the Harry Forden Bridge. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sisters: Rosa Lee Stanley, Ila Mae Austin, Pauline Moore, Joan Foy Lyons and Helen Weeks; her brothers: Bernest Moore, Robert Foy, William Moore and Richard Williams. Theresa leaves to cherish her precious memories: her husband, Ernest Walker of the home; three sons, John Eng, Jr. (Susan) of Wilmington, NC, Frank Eng (Kimberly) of Sanford, NC and Hunt Jones (Linda) of Wilmington, NC; one daughter, Barbara King of Clarksville, MD; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one sister, Pauline Green of Bronx, NY; three brothers, Clayton "June" Moore of Wilmington, NC, Rev. Arthur Foy (Shelby) of Lumberton, NC and Daniel Foy (Donna) of Leland, NC; three sisters-in-law, Estelle Moore of Charleston, SC, Debra Moore of Wilmington, NC and Edith Walker of Jacksonville FL; a special daughter, Hsiao Moore; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family. A Service of John H. Shaw's Son Funeral Home. Delores Jean Williams
Mrs. Theresa Moore Walker Mrs. Theresa Moore Walker died February 19, 2018. Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Mt. Zion AME Church. Burial followed in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Blessed with 96 years of life and the oldest of ten children, Theresa was born on August 18, 1921 in Wilmington, North Carolina to the late Clayton Moore, Sr. and Pauline Moore Williams. She accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at a young age. Theresa developed a love of textile arts after being taught by her mother how to sew, crochet and quilt. At the age of twelve she began making some of her school dresses. Theresa received her formal education at Williston Industrial High School. After leaving high school she moved to Richmond, Virginia to obtain work. Theresa attended the Chic School of Fashion Design in New York. After graduating she opened her own business as an Interior Decorator. Her work could be found in magazines and the homes of many famous people such as Basil Rathbone, Paul Newman, David Rockefeller and Ethel Merman. While living in New York, Theresa met and married John Eng. Their union was blessed with two sons, John Jr. and Frank. Theresa joined Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. George H. Murray. Theresa helped co-found a chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star under the name of Lucille Milley, Chapter #55 Star
Delores Jean Williams, daughter of the late Hazel Mitchell was born on August 18, 1942 in Wilmington, NC. Delores went home to her heavenly Father on February 19, 2018. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Lee Williams and brothers, William Mitchell and Mikel Mitchell. Delores, known as "Jean" to family and friends, had a love for nature. She spent much of her spare time reading about wildlife and caring for her plants. Fascinated by wildlife, she would feed deer that would visit her property at Seabreeze. Delores retired from New Hanover Regional Medical Center in 2010. She leaves to cherish her memory: children, Pamela J. Williams, Janice High, Joseph K. Williams, Angela Williams and Cerise Williams; grandchildren, Michael Williams, Shantae Williams, Lanesha Perry, Joshua Stevenson, Raven Williams, Brenda Walker, Jaylyn High, Jasana Harris, Kayla, Brittany and Bria Drakeford, Isaiah Williams, Anesia Stone, Alijah Williams and Dajana Stone; 9 great-grandchildren; sisters-inlaw, Gwendolyn Mitchell, Mary Crispel, Lucille Wiggs (Thornton), Ann Marable (Jerry), Juanita Gregory (LeRoy), and Vanessa Eaton; brothers-in-law, Robert Williams (Nancy), George Williams and Augusta Williams (Lena) and a
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host of nieces, nephews, special cousins, Lillian Tate, Gwen Dunbar and Jackie Bozeman and friends. A Service of John H. Shaw's Son Funeral Home. Mary Louise Kelly Richardson Mary Louise Kelly Richardson died February 21, 2018. Funeral services were held Monday, February 26, 2018 at Myrtle Grove AME Church. Burial followed in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Mary, daughter of the late John and Josephine Kelly was born on December 6, 1938, in Wilmington, North Carolina. Mary, known as "Ma Lu" by her family was educated in the Brunswick County School System. She attended the Teacher's College in WinstonSalem, North Carolina, receiving her RN Nursing Degree in the class of 1960. On December 10, 1966, she married Samuel Richardson and they moved to Bronx, New York. In 1972, Mary her husband and children returned to Leland, North Carolina where she worked with the Department o Mental Health until she retired. Mary leaves to cherish fond memories: her husband of 51 years, Samuel S. Richardson, Sr.; one son, Marin L. Richardson (Melissa); one daughter, Monica K Richardson; for grandchildren, Karen A. Richardson, Akeia A. Simpson, Maya Neely and Trey Balque; two great-grandsons; one brother, John Kelly (Thelma); two sisters, Helen Johnson and Elizabeth Paige; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A Service of John H. Shaw's Son Funeral Home.
Inez Moore Inez Moore died on February 26, 2018. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Sunset Park Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park. A Service of John H. Shaw's Son Funeral Home. Sandra Wilson Jenkins Sandra Wilson Jenkins was born on March 22, 1948 to Walter Wilson Sr. and Bernice Wilson in Wilmington, North Carolina. On February 16, 2018 she quietly slipped into eternal rest at Yale Memorial Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut following a lengthy illness. Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Davis Funeral Home. Burial followed in Calvary Memorial Cemetery. Sandra received Christ at an early age and became a member of First Baptist Missionary Baptist Church. She was educated in the public schools of New Hanover County graduating in the Class of 1967. Following her graduation, Sandra relocated to New Haven, Connecticut. Once in New Haven, Sandra continued to serve the Lord and became a
Marvin Cooper Marvin Cooper memorial services will be held 12:00 Noon on Friday, March 2, 2018 at the Willie L. Shaw Jr. Memorial Chapel. A Service of John H. Shaw's Son Funeral Home.
OBITUARIES/Page 8 In Loving Memory Of
In Loving Memory Of
Robert Jackson Briggs Sunrise: November 28,1948 Sunset: March 4, 2011
Arthur Lovan Arthur Lovan died February 24, 2018. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by John H. Shaw's Son Funeral Home. A Service of John H. Shaw's Son Funeral Home.
member of St. Matthews Free Will Baptist Church. On March 21, 1981, Sandra married the man of her dreams, her husband Archie Jenkins, a resident of New Haven, Connecticut. While in Connecticut she worked in banking, retail, and retired from Starters Apparel Manufacturing Company. Family, genuine friends, and acquaintances dearly loved her and she loved them. Her love and compassion for others was phenomenal. In the midst of all the sickness, she always managed a smile. Her loyalty as a friend and as a person known for her giving heart was the motivating force within her life. Her faith in God was the solid foundation within her belief. Sandra was a warrior. She knew the power of prayer and faith.
Loraine Patricia Raynor "Little Mama" Sunrise: June 7, 1943 Sunset: March 1, 2010 We love and miss you very much!
Many times we think of you, Think of the things we use to do, Think of the things we use to say, Of each olden golden yesterday, Sometimes we smile, sometimes we weep, But always your memory we will keep.
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New Hanover County Church Women United will hold World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 2nd at 10:30 a.m. at Basilica Shrine of St. Mary Church, 216 South 5th St.
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Faith Temple COGIC, 1119 S. 4th St., will hold their Annual Women’s Celebration on Thursday, March 8th at 7:30 p.m. with guest speaker Elder Sandie W. Faulk of Kingdom Impact Global Ministries, Fayetteville, NC and on Friday, March 9th at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, March 11th at 11:00 a.m. the guest speaker will be District Missionary Dorothy Newsome of Charlotte, NC.
Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church Ministries, Inc., 3701 princess Place Drive will hold Revival 2018 from Monday, March 12thThursday, March 15th at 7:30 p.m. nightly and praise and worship at 7:00 p.m. nightly. Sunday, March 11th will be the revival kickoff at 4:00 p.m. with The Reverend Derrin Davis, Sr., pastor of the Ephesus Seventh-Day Adventist Church as guest speaker. The Reverend Terry Jones is the revivalist, pastor of Metropolitan AME Xion Church, Hartford CT. Various choirs and praise teams will serve throughout the week. Bladen County
The Youth Missionary Ministry of Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church is collecting white athletic socks to distribute to the local nursing homes. The goal is to have 200 pairs of socks. Sometimes it’s the small things that are the greatest gifts. The youth believe that giving a pair of socks to keep the nursing home residents' soles warm and comfortable can bring the Love of Jesus to their soul. Collection Dates: February 12th - March 11th, 2018. Drop off locations: WBLA Radio Station 1440 AM; 512 Peanut Road; Elizabethtown NC Mondays – Fridays and at the church Sundays 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon and Wednesdays 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Baldwin Branch is located at 4047 NC 242 Highway South; Elizabethtown NC. Contact: Minister Leslie Smith at [email protected]
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Compiled By Wilmington Journal Staff OBITUARIES Continued from page 7 Her passing leaves a great vacancy in our family, but the God we so willingly serve is too wise to make a mistake and too just to do wrong. We will fondly cherish the years she shared with us and all of the benefits of knowing and loving her. Sandra was preceded in death by her father and mother; two brothers, Walter Jr. and Cornelius and two sisters, Brenda and Deirdre. She leaves to cherish very fond memories her loving and devoted husband, Archie Jenkins, two sons, Corey and Darren (Lamaisha). Three grandchildren, Darren Wilson, Daryl Wilson, and Demisha Wilson, four great-grandchildren, one sister Elsie Clark, five brothers, Warren (Brenda), Garland, Jarvis, Terry, Marvin, and special nieces Pamela Wilson, Cortney Clark, and Nikita Wilson all of the city. Three aunts, Frances McCloud of Sumter, SC, Mary Alice Champagne, and Sara (Bobby) Lewis of New Jersey, and a host of nieces and nephews, godchildren, numerous cousins, and other relatives, including close family members Mr. & Mrs. Wilbert Hagans, Lynn Howell, Gladys Harding, Deloris Bunting, and Brenda Daniels of New Haven, Connecticut, as well as many more friends. Services entrusted to Davis Funeral Home, 901 S. 5th Ave, Wilmington, NC 28401. Please share memories and condolences with the family at www.davisfuneralhomenc.com.
Richard H. Walker, Jr. Richard H. Walker, Jr., age 77, of Wilmington, passed away Thursday, February 22, 2018. A celebration of Mr. Walker's life was held on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. Interment followed in Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery. Richard Henry Walker entered the world on February 5, 1941. He was truly special because he was the"only" son. He came into the world living life on the edge. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and entertaining at an early age. His larger- thanlife personality became his lifelong trademark. Richard was a strong advocate of education. He studied abroad then pursued a higher
education at the Cape Fear Community College where he studied architecture. Richard embraced his country and entered into the United States Army in the early 1960's. The military was his niche where he unapologetically defended our country, serving several tours in the Vietnam War. His tours spanned North America, Europe, and Asia. He proudly served 23 years in the United States Army specializing as a mechanic earning his rank as a Sergeant 1st Class E-7. Richard's love for his country combined with his love of travel made him a remarkable solider. A relationship with God was paramount, therefore, Richard joined the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. His membership was steadfast as he paid his tithes and embraced his spiritual family during praise and worship services. He was active in a number of organizations and lodges such as the Vietnam Veterans of America, where he was a life member. After an intimate conversation with his heavenly Father, on February 22, 2018, Richard Henry Walker, Jr. fought his last war as he exited the battlefield. Walkers statuesque personality and his joyful laugh commanded attention when he entered a room. Each person who knew him was touched in a special way while in his presence. Richard H. Walker III was preceded in death by his parents Richard H. Walker and Quessie Margaret Walker; his son David Tate; sisters, Juanita McKoy and Diane Walker. Richard H. Walker leaves to cherish his memory: his son, Richard Henry Walker IV; daughters, Yvonne Phillips, Regina Jackson (James), Renee Gadson (Clyde), Tracy Dennis (Gary); his sisters, Pauline Bloodworth, Patricia Benjamin, Dentral Waddell; his grandchildren, Anastasia Philips, Renee Hope, Dominique Walker, Stephanie Walker, Michael Gadson, Donald Gadson, Keith Strickland Jr, Tyree Strickland, Angelique Gadson, Clyde Gadson IV, David Tate Jr., Carlesha Tate, Essence Dennis and 17 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Services entrusted to Davis Funeral Home, 901 S. 5th Ave, Wilmington, NC 28401. Please share memories and condolences with the family at www.davisfuneralhomenc.com.
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Moments in Black History BY FANNIE ALLEN AND SHELIA ROSS CONTRIBUTING WRITERS It was a bright and sunny day. God let us know He is still in control with the weather with which He blesses us. We were greeted by our President Eloise Purdie. Mr. George Hill and the choir opened with "Lift Every Voice and Sing." A very humble and fervent prayer was offered by Ms. Ethel Lawson. We next sang "We Shall Overcome." Minister Sharon Pollock greeted us and thanked everyone for his/her participation, for what he/she contributed to Black History Month. Mr. George
Hill explained the meaning of the verses of "Lift Every Voice and Sing." It lets us know the struggles our ancestors had. We are survivors. We have a marvelous heritage. We need to tell our story. If we don't, we will fail this generation and generations to come. Minister Pollock introduced our guest for the day, Elder Tanya Lofton, from New Covenant Church. She gave us the info that she grew up in the church. She said that, if we do right by God, God will do right by us. We need to be the adults in the house. We need to complete the assignment. We cannot make it without God. She
lead us in songs with which she grew up. "We've come a long way." I'm so glad I'm free. Elder Lofton was thanked for such great inspiration with words and songs. Minister Pollock said, "Don't let Black History Month end this month. Let us continue each month with what we can do and what we know. There were no visitors. The meeting was turned over to Mrs. Gladys Taylor, Vice President. She thanked everyone for their contributions in this, and every, meeting. Minutes were read by Mrs. Mildred Ellerby. Roll call was done and trip money was collected. Callers were done, and there was a tie of
10 with Mrs. Janice Gordon and Mrs. Mary Martin. All callers were given a hand. Announcements and sick report were given by Mrs. Annie Haskins. She asked us to continue to pray for the sick. We got a chance to laugh with Mrs. Mary Martin's "Smiles." Mrs. Julia Bibbs read us a poem and prayer. "It Is No Secret" was led by Mr. George Hill. Mrs. Mattie Holmes gave us the word to hold to God's unchanging hand. Mary Lockhart gave us information on herself before integration. Prayer was given by Minister Sharon Pollock. Thanks There were 47 present.
"Father forgive them for they know not what they do" Luke 23:34 "Then said Jesus, Father forgive them; for they know not what they do." Forgive - To give up resentment, pardon
here is a great cost to pay for those who do not walk in forgiveness. When Jesus hung on the cross and made intercession for those who crucified him, he set precedence for his disciples. If there were anyone who deserved vengeance for abuse and misSylvia treatment, it Hooper would have been Jesus. He that knew no sin, suffered, bled, and died for the sins of the whole world! Yet, he cried out to his Father, on their behalf asking for mercy and not judgment. Suffering and still sinless, he died the way he lived, sacrificially. He was God's manifested love to the whole world. His heart was pure to the very end, and personal pain did not change his mind, nor his heart. He knew they did not know what they were doing. They thought they knew what they were
doing to him, but did not have a clue to what they were doing to themselves! That is why he prayed the perfect prayer, for imperfect In Matthew 18:23-35, there is a story of a wicked servant who refused to walk in forgiveness. He owed much, but had little. He asked for much needed forgiveness, and then he received it for a huge debt that he could not afford to pay. The lord of that servant forgave him and showed mercy and compassion toward him. The same servant who was so freely forgiven, went out to someone else, who owed him an even lesser amount of money, and refused to forgive him. The fellow servant was too poor to repay him, but he showed him no mercy. He refused to forgive him, and had the man cast into prison! He knew what he had done to his fellowservant, but he did not know what he had done to himself ! This wicked man showed judgement without mercy and failed to realize he was about to reap what he had sown! "And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not
every one his brother their trespasses." Verse 34-35 Galatians 6:7 says, "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap: For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." Matthew 6:14-15 says, "For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: for if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." John 15:21 says, "But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me." John 16:3 says, "And these things will they do unto you because they have not known the Father nor me." Matthew 5:7 says, "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." Proverbs 14:31, "He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker." "The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh." Proverbs 11:17. Matthew 25:40, "And the king shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."
When people do not walk in forgiveness, they are hurting themselves and do not realize it! It is better to pray than to pay the high cost of walking in unforgiveness! Unforgiveness costs too much! Yes, there is a lot of pain and suffering received from the hands of others, but If you could see what unforgiveness is doing to your own soul, you would gladly say, Father forgive them, for they know not what they do! Tell Somebody! Mrs. Sylvia B. Hooper is a native Wilmingtonian, married to Pastor Johnson A. Hooper, First Lady of Faith Outreach COGIC, Jacksonville, N.C. She is a mother of three wonderful children and a proud grandmother! She is a Licensed Evangelist with COGIC, International. She is the President of P.W.E. Pastors Wives Empowerment Conference, an annual event held in honor of Pastors and ministers Wives. This support group's focus is to Encourage, Embrace and Empower Elect Ladies to be all they can be in Christ Jesus, while providing support to their husbands, who are Gospel preachers and pastors. Her heart's desire is to please the Lord, rescue the perishing, comfort the dying, and live a life that gives God glory!
Wilmington Chapter of Las Amigas celebrates Founder’s Day
Members from left to right, 1st row, Deloris Whitted, Lena Williams, Wanda Pugh-Trice, Pastor. A.L. Gee, Anechia Wiggins, and Fay Jacobs. Back row, L to R, President, Johnsie Davis, Jacqueline Davis, Regional Director, Marilyn Westinghouse-Webb, and Lula Little. SPECIAL TO THE WILMINGTON JOURNAL
The Wilmington Chapter
of Las Amigas celebrated Founders Day on Sunday February 11, 2018 with worship service at Ebenezer
Las Amigas members with future Las Amigas member, little Ms. Ashari Jones (and not shown another future member, Bre Jones who graciously took pictures for the Chapter. Missionary Baptist Church in Wilmington, NC, former church of co-founder Mary Q. Moore. The members of the chapter then placed a bouquet of flowers on Ms.
Quick's grave. is a future Las Amigas member, little Ms. Ashari Jones (and not shown another future member, Bre Jones who graciously took pictures for the Chapter.
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The undersigned, having qualified as Executor of the estate of Jonathon Reed Whitesell, deceased, of the New Hanover County, North Carolina, does hereby notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the estate to exhibit them to the undersigned on or before the 15th day of May, 2018, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms and corporations indebted to said estate please make immediate payment to the undersigned.
The undersigned, having qualified as Co-Executors of the Estate of Richard Vollers Hanson, Sr., deceased, of New Hanover County, North Carolina, do hereby notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the estate to exhibit them to the undersigned on or before the 1st day of June, 2018, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms and corporations indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment to the undersigned.
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The undersigned, having qualified as Administrator of the Estate of Marsden Bellamy Venters, deceased, of New Hanover County, North Carolina, does hereby notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the estate to exhibit them to the undersigned on or before the 8th day of May, 2018, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms and corporations indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment to the undersigned.
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Richard Vollers Hanson, Jr. and Nancy Hanson Scheunemann, Co-Executors of the Estate of Richard Vollers Hanson, Sr. 2313 Lynnwood Drive Wilmington, NC 28403 MURCHISON, TAYLOR & GIBSON, PLLC 16 North Fifth Avenue Wilmington, NC 28401
February 22, March 1, 2018 NOTICE TO CREDITORS STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF NEW HANOVER The undersigned, having qualified as Executrix of the estate of Alice Marie Choma, deceased, of the New Hanover County, North Carolina, does hereby notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the estate to exhibit them to the undersigned on or before the 11th day of May, 2018, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms and corporations indebted to said estate please make immediate payment to the undersigned. This the 8th day of February, 2018 Katie lee Choma, Executrix 4330 Reed Ct. Castle Hayne, NC 28405 February 8, 15, 22, March 1, 2018 NOTICE TO CREDITORS STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF NEW HANOVER The undersigned, having qualified as Executor of the Estate of Pearl C. Foster, deceased, of New Hanover County, North Carolina, does hereby notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the estate to exhibit them to the undersigned on or before the 8th day of May, 2018, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms and corporations indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment to the undersigned. This 8th day of February, 2018. Joseph M. Priestly, Executor of the Estate of Pearl C. Foster 3746 Wayfarer Drive Greensboro, NC 27410 MURCHISON, TAYLOR & GIBSON, PLLC 16 North Fifth Avenue Wilmington, NC 28401 February 8, 15, 22, March 1, 2018 NOTICE TO DEBTORS AND CREDITORS STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION COUNTY OF NEW HANOVER BEFORE THE CLERK 18 E 201 The undersigned having duly qualified as Executrix of the Estate of VERNON LEE MONROE, JR., late of Wilmington, North Carolina, does hereby notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against said Estate to exhibit them to the undersigned at Post Office Box 4, Wilmington, North Carolina, 28402, on or before the 25th day of May, 2018, or this Notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms and corporations indebted to said Estate are requested to make immediate payment to the undersigned. This the 22nd day of February, 2018. Cathy M. Pleasant, Executrix Estate of Vernon Lee Monroe, Jr. Jeffrey P. Keeter Block, Crouch, Keeter, Behm & Sayed, L.L.P. P.O. Box 4 Wilmington, NC 28402 February 22, March 1, 8, 15, 2018 NOTICE TO CREDITORS STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF NEW HANOVER The undersigned, having qualified as Executrix of the Estate of Nellie Boggs Carpenter, deceased, of New Hanover County, North Carolina, does hereby notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the estate to exhibit them to the undersigned on or before the 8th day of May, 2018, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms and corporations indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment to the undersigned. This 1st
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February 15, 22, March 1,8, 2018 NOTICE TO CREDITORS STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF NEW HANOVER The undersigned, having qualified as Executor of the estate of William Arnold Wells, III, deceased, of the New Hanover County, North Carolina, does hereby notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the estate to exhibit them to the undersigned on or before the 25th day of May, 2018, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms and corporations indebted to said estate please make immediate payment to the undersigned. This the 22nd day of February, 2018 Mazell Holmes, Executor 25972 HWY 210 Currie, NC 28435 February 22, March 1,8, 15, 2018 NOTICE TO CREDITORS STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF NEW HANOVER The undersigned, having qualified as Executor of the estate of Kimberly V. Cave, deceased, of the New Hanover County, North Carolina, does hereby notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the estate to exhibit them to the undersigned on or before the 25th day of May, 2018, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms and corporations indebted to said estate please make immediate payment to the undersigned. This the 22nd day of February, 2018 Cynthia L. Cave, Executor 1203 Fifth Ave. Farmville, VA 23901-2309 February 22, March 1,8, 15, 2018 NOTICE TO CREDITORS NORTH CAROLINA NEW HANOVER COUNTY THE UNDERSIGNED, Christina Keegan, having qualified on the 30th day of January, 2018, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Victor E. Sizemore (18-E-121), deceased, this is to notify all persons, firms, and corporations having claims against said Estate that they must present them to the undersigned at DAVID E. ANDERSON, PLLC, 1213 Culbreth Drive, Suite 343, Wilmington, North Carolina, 28405, on or before the 15th day of May, 2018, or the claims will be forever barred thereafter, and this notice will be pleaded in bar of recovery. All persons, firms, and corporations indebted to said Estate will please make prompt payment to the undersigned at the above address. This 15th day of February, 2018. Christina Keegan Personal Representative ESTATE OF VICTOR E. SIZEMORE David Anderson Attorney at Law 1213 Culbreth Dr., Ste 343 Wilmington, NC 28405 February 15, 22, March 1, 8, 2018 NOTICE TO CREDITORS STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF NEW HANOVER Having qualified as Administrator of the Estate of Vincent W. Auber (18E-148), late of New Hanover County, Wilmington, North Carolina the undersigned does hereby notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the estate of said decedent to exhibit them to the undersigned at 701 Market Street, Wilmington, North Carolina, 28401 on or before May 16, 2018 or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms and corporations indebted to the said estate will please make immediate payment to the undersigned.
Maria B. Petrea, Executrix of the Estate of Nellie Boggs Carpenter 3031 Providence Circle Drive Matthews, NC 28105 MURCHISON, TAYLOR & GIBSON, PLLC 16 North Fifth Avenue Wilmington, NC 28401
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Rose Brown, Administrator of the Estate of Vincent W. Auber Craige & Fox, PLLC 701 Market Street Wilmington, NC 28401 910-815-0085
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Janes Bellamy Venters, Administrator of the Estate of Marsden Bellamy Venters 2302 Gillette Drive Wilmington, NC 28403 MURCHISON, TAYLOR & GIBSON, PLLC 16 North Fifth Avenue Wilmington, NC 28401 February 8, 15, 22, March 1, 2018
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All persons, firms & corporations having claims against the Estate of David Price deceased of New Hanover County NC are notified to present the same to the personal representative listed below on or before June 1, 2018 or this Notice will be pleaded in bar of recovery. All Debtors of the said Estate are asked to make immediate payment
The undersigned, having qualified as Executor of the estate of Edith R. Robinson, deceased, of the New Hanover County, North Carolina, does hereby notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the estate to exhibit them to the undersigned on or before the 11th day of May, 2018, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms and corporations indebted to said estate please make immediate payment to the undersigned.
This 1st day of March, 2018. Kathryn Parish, Executrix of Estate of David Price 709 Robert E Lee Dr Wilmington, NC 28412 March 1, 8, 15, 22, 2018
NOTICE OF SERVICE OF PROCESS BY PUBLICATION STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF NEW HANOVER IN THE DISTRICT COURT JUVENILE SESSION FILE NO. 16 JT 174 IN THE MATTER OF: C.P.N. (DOB: 08/01/2015) TO: RESPONDENTS: BRIANA NETTLES, BIOLOGICAL MOTHER AND ANY UNKNOWN BIOLOGICAL FATHER OF THE ABOVE CAPTIONED FEMALE CHILD BORN IN WILMINGTON, NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA TO BRIANA NETTLES Take notice that a pleading seeking relief against you has been filed in the above-entitled action. The nature of the relief being sought is as follows: Termination of all parental rights you have to the above-captioned minor child. You are required to make defense to such pleading within forty (40) days following February 15, 2018, which date is the date of first publication of this Notice. Upon your failure to do so, the party seeking service against you will apply to the Court for the relief sought. You have the right to attend this hearing and you have the right to be represented by counsel and can apply for court appointed counsel. Attorney Emily Jones, has been appointed to represent Briana Nettles, and she can be reached at 110 N. 5th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 or (910) 762-7771. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT A HEARING ON THE PETITION TO TERMINATE YOUR PARENTAL RIGHTS IS SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 2, 2018, AT 9:30 A.M. or as soon thereafter as it may be heard, at the Office of Juvenile Justice, 138 N 4th Street, P.O. Box 2560, Wilmington, North Carolina, 28401. This the 15th day of February, 2018. Karen F. Richards Contract Attorney - New Hanover County Department of Social Services PO Box 81 Wilmington, NC 28402 (910) 632-0424 February 15, 22, March 1, 2018
This the 8th day of February, 2018 Francena M. Robinson, Executor 301 Bountiful Lane Castle Hayne, NC 28429 February 8, 15, 22, March 1,2018 NOTICE TO CREDITORS STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF NEW HANOVER IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION 18 E 15 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF: Phyllis Baker Edens Decedent. Having qualified as Executrix of the Estate of Phyllis Baker Edens, late of 122 Point Drive, Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, the undersigned does hereby notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the estate of said decedent to exhibit them to the undersigned at 616 Princess Street, Wilmington, North Carolina 28401, on or before the 25th day of April, 2018, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms and corporations indebted to the said estate will please make immediate payment to the undersigned. This the 19th th day of January, 2018. Phillip Alan Edens, Personal Representative of the Estate of Phyllis Baker Edens, deceased By and through his undersigned counsel: Russell D. Nugent The Humphries Law Firm, P.C. 616 Princess Street Wilmington, NC 28401 910-899-0236 January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 2018
NOTICE TO CREDITORS STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF NEW HANOVER Having qualified as Executor of the Estate of Ronald G. Hobbs (18E-109), late of New Hanover County, Wilmington, North Carolina the undersigned does hereby notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the estate of said decedent to exhibit them to the undersigned at 701 Market Street, Wilmington, North Carolina, 28401 on or before May 11, 2018 or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms and corporations indebted to the said estate will please make immediate payment to the undersigned. This the 2nd day of February, 2018
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NOTICE OF SERVICE OF PROCESS BY PUBLICATION STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF NEW HANOVER IN THE DISTRICT COURT JUVENILE SESSION FILE NO. 17 JT 001
The undersigned, having qualified as Executor of the estate of Nellie E. Harrell, deceased, of the Davidson County, TN, does hereby notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the estate to exhibit them to the undersigned on or before the 1st day of June, 2018, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms and corporations indebted to said estate please make immediate payment to the undersigned. This 1st day of March, 2018 Audley Freed, Ancillary Executor, c/o Kirschbaum, Nanney, Keenan & Griffin, P.A., P.O. Box 19766, Raleigh, NC 27619 March 1, 8, 15, 22,2018
NOTICE OF SERVICE OF PROCESS BY PUBLICATION STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA NEW HANOVER COUNTY DISTRICT COURT DIVISION File No. 17 CV 004547 JANAY FOSTER, Plaintiff vs. LEE THOMPSON, Defendant To: LEE THOMPSON Take notice that a pleading seeking relief against you has been filed in the above-entitled action. The nature of the relief being sought is as follows: Absolute divorce You are required to make defense to such pleading no later than 40 days from the date of the first publication of this Notice, and upon your failure to do so, the party seeking service against you will apply to the Court for the relief sought. This the 1st day of March, 2018. Janay Foster 1308-A North 4th Street Wilmington, NC 28401 May 1, 8, 15, 2018 NOTICE OF SERVICE OF PROCESS BY PUBLICATION STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF NEW HANOVER IN THE DISTRICT COURT JUVENILE SESSION FILE NO. 18 JA 1 IN THE MATTER OF: I.B. (dob: 24 December 2017) TO: RESPONDENT-PARENTS, JANET BARNETT and STEPHEN BARNETT Take notice that a pleading seeking relief against you has been filed in the above-entitled action. The nature of the relief being sought is as follows: Adjudication of Juvenile Petition filed on January 2, 2018 alleging that I.B. is a neglected juvenile. You are required to make defense to such pleading within forty (40) days following Thursday, February 15, 2018, which date is the date of first publication of this Notice. Upon your failure to do so, the party seeking service against you will apply to the Court for the relief sought. You have the right to attend this hearing and you have the right to be represented by counsel. Ms. Barnett has been assigned Attorney Margaret Jennings. Counsel may be contacted at (910) 762-0850, 1501 S. 3rd Street, Wilmington, NC. Mr. Barnett has been assigned Attorney Lyana Hunter. Counsel may be contacted at (910) 343-5400, 320 Chestnut Street, Wilmington, NC. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT A HEARING TO ADJUDICATE THE JUVENILE PETITION IS SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018, AT 9:30 A.M., or upon a date and time set thereafter, at the Office of Juvenile Justice, 138 N 4th Street, Wilmington, North Carolina, 28401. This the 12th day of February, 2018. Jennifer G. Cooke Attorney - New Hanover Co. Dept. of Social Services 1650 Greenfield Street Wilmington, NC 28401 PO Drawer 1559
Terry Moore, Executor of the Estate of Ronald G. Hobbs c/o Craige & Fox, PLLC 701 Market Street Wilmington, NC 28401 910-815-0085
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February 15, 22, March 1, 2018
IN THE MATTER OF: L.K.L. (DOB: 12/12/2016) TO: ANY UNKNOWN FATHER Take notice that a pleading seeking relief against you has been filed in the aboveentitled action. The nature of the relief being sought is as follows: Termination of all parental rights you have to the above-captioned minor male child. You are required to make defense to such pleading no later than APRIL 10, 2018, said date being forty (40) days following the first date of publication of this Notice. Upon your failure to do so, the party seeking service against you will apply for the relief sought. You have the right to attend the hearing, and you have the right to be represented by counsel. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT A HEARING ON THE PETITION TO TERMINATE YOUR PARENTAL RIGHTS is scheduled for MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2018, at 9:30 A.M., at the Office of Juvenile Justice, 138 N. 4th Street, Wilmington, North Carolina 28401, or upon a date and time set thereafter. This the 1st day of March, 2018. Regina Floyd-Davis Staff Attorney - New Hanover Co. Dept. of Social Services 1650 Greenfield Street Wilmington, NC 28401 (910) 798-3615 (phone) (910) 798-3772 (fax) March 1, 8, 15, 2018 NOTICE OF SERVICE OF PROCESS BY PUBLICATION STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF NEW HANOVER IN THE DISTRICT COURT JUVENILE SESSION FILE NO. 16 JT 70 IN THE MATTER OF: K.C.W. (DOB: 07/31/2014) TO: ANY UNKNOWN FATHER Take notice that a pleading seeking relief against you has been filed in the aboveentitled action. The nature of the relief being sought is as follows: Termination of all parental rights you have to the above-captioned minor male child. You are required to make defense to such pleading no later than APRIL 10, 2018, said date being forty (40) days following the first date of publication of this Notice. Upon your failure to do so, the party seeking service against you will apply for the relief sought. You have the right to attend the hearing, and you have the right to be represented by counsel. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT A HEARING ON THE PETITION TO TERMINATE YOUR PARENTAL RIGHTS is scheduled for MONDAY, MAY 7, 2018, at 9:30 A.M., at the Office of Juvenile Justice, 138 N. 4th Street, Wilmington, North Carolina 28401, or upon a date and time set thereafter. This the 1st day of March, 2018. Regina Floyd-Davis Staff Attorney - New Hanover Co. Dept. of Social Services 1650 Greenfield Street Wilmington, NC 28401 (910) 798-3615 (phone) (910) 798-3772 (fax) March 1, 8, 15, 2018
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