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Wake County agrees to make Juneteenth paid holiday
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
RALEIGH — The governing board of North Carolina’s largest county by population voted on Monday to make Juneteenth a paid county holiday for its workers. The Wake County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously for the calendar addition during a video conference meeting, according to a county news release. The additional holiday will begin for
Have gun, will train!
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
“Sisters are doin’ it for themselves.” – Aretha Franklin RALEIGH – Being able to defend yourself is not only knowing how to use a weapon. It’s also having confidence and believing that you are worth defending. Two Raleigh women have joined forces and founded InHER Piece Ladies Shooting Club to empower African American
Wake Co. black student group leads fight for equality
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
RALEIGH – A co-founder of the newly formed Wake County Black Student Coalition said the group’s call for the district to sever ties with school resource officers is merely an introduction to their determined push to help eradicate systemic racism, bigotry and hatred. “This is our first big action; this is only the beginning,” said
Black North Carolinians express hopes and fears against racism
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
“You are going to get your ass killed.” Those are the words Carl Kenney Sr. used when his son, Durham minister and author Carl Kenney Jr., joined students at the University of Missouri to protest alleged racism at the state’s flagship school. Those are the words the father used when the son joined the fight against racial injustice in
Bree Newsome is still organizing
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Five years ago, 30-year-old activist Bree Newsome Bass shocked the world by climbing a 30-foot flag pole and taking down the Confederate battle flag at the South Carolina State Capitol Building — a flag state leaders had first raised in 1961 to tell the budding civil rights movement to “stay out!” Almost 55 years later, Bass put her
New research looks at the effect of isolation on children due to COVID-19
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Since school closed statewide in late March, 11-year-old Evyn Lumsden has tried to keep to a regular routine. Each morning at around 9:30, the sixth-grader logs on to Zoom and spends an hour in a virtual classroom with her teacher and her classmates from Charlotte’s Irwin Academy. If she wants to speak or answer a question, she clicks on the
Durham protesters celebrate Juneteenth with calls to defund police
Monday, June 22, 2020
DURHAM — While protests around the state have focused on pulling down symbols of white supremacy, Durham’s organizers sought to topple what they called institutions of white supremacy — the county jail and municipal police department. “We want to abolish the police,” Kyla Hartsfield, a Durham resident and co-organizer of
Durham fathers are both fearful and hopeful about childrenís futures
Thursday, June 18, 2020
DURHAM – “The goal now for me is for them to be free,” Fredrick Davis II recently posted on Facebook with a photo of his children. Davis’ words echo the sentiment of African American fathers throughout the Triangle. Black fathers say the murder of George Floyd, police brutality, protests, demonstrations, and civil unrest show how

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Durham agency establishes black entrepreneurship council

DURHAM – NC IDEA, a private foundation committed to supporting entrepreneurial ambition

Reflections on systemic racism in higher education

CHAPEL HILL – Several of my white friends and colleagues have asked me recently what

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