A Focus on Recent Events
Some of the shots fired by the police hit a crowd of people leaving the game. Fanta Bility was shot and killed. Fanta’s 12-year-old sister, a 13-year-old boy, and one other person were wounded in this mass-shooting by the police. A 20-year-old woman who was a passenger in the car was injured by flying glass. Initial reports from several sources said Fanta was an occupant of the car. More ↠
Black History in Statesville
STATESVILLE, NC – Just blocks from downtown, Garfield Street and Green Street are the most African American historic locations in the city. Leaders of Iredell County please be considerate of inclusivity that warrants sharing the historical sacrifices of early Africans laboring here. Also, be considerate of the funding that was not provided, and services unfairly withheld from this neighborhood. We have long been in need and neglected. The two most significant historic markers missing:
Billingsley Academy on Green Street, and Dr. Holiday & Mrs. Holiday’s Garfield St residence. More ↠
That question lingers for Sharpe, and many other falsely convicted behind prison walls who await the courts to clear them for crimes they did not commit.
To say it has been one long hell for Montoyae Dontae Sharpe is an understatement.
The Charlotte native was an 18-year-old teenager when he was arrested and charged in the 1994 fatal shooting of George Radcliffe in Greenville during what police at the time alleged was a drug deal gone bad. Sharpe denied all charges, adding that he wasn’t even at the scene, More ↠
Fayetteville Med. Director in racial profiling case
That’s why instead of a November 9th traffic court hearing via video hookup, Smith is now preparing for an April 18, 2022 trial in Platte County, Missouri to prove that when he was stopped, it was because he was driving while Black.
Smith was arrested for allegedly resisting an officer after he flew to Missouri three months ago for a medical conference. He claims that he was threatened with violence by a trooper, roughly handcuffed, unjustly charged $1,040 for a ticket for resisting the officer and forced to walk six miles in the dark of night to More ↠
“I believe that Wilmington is a better city because we finally decided that we’re not only going to study the past but learn from the past and we decided we’re going to live a different kind of future,” Chavis, also the president of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), said.
“If Wilmington, North Carolina can have a healing, I believe America can have a healing,”
As a member of the Wilmington Ten, Rev. Chavis, along with nine other activists, was falsely accused in 1971 of firebombing a white-owned grocery store during riots in the city. The following year, they were all convicted and sentenced to prison. Their prison sentences would be shortened in 1977 by then Gov. Jim Hunt, but it would take over forty years in 2012 for them to receive pardons of innocence from then Gov. Beverly Perdue.
Dr. Chavis has led the NNPA - a national association of Black-owned newspapers - for the past several years. More ↠