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Taking The Good With The Bad A Letter from the Editor
While clearing a path in your forest, be cautious and aware of the trees you cut down. Some of them are there to shelter you. Some are there to alter your experience and navigate your direction. Some may look dead, frail and brittle, but if you look at them a little closer, you may find that they are full of life all the way down to their roots. It is also promised that some will fall down on their own after you have used them all up.
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No one can make it through life all by themselves. We all require some assistance from someone or something at one time or another. Our help may come in the form of assurance or encouragement from loved ones and friends. Usually these are the ones who get gratification from our successes rather than our failures. Unselfishly they lend their time and hearts to us as we’re closing in our victories, or even in our times of despair. These are the type of individuals I like to call treasures of life. Our help may also hurt at times. Just as easily as we give ourselves a look over in the mirror, others also do it by checking us when we get out of line with life. Have you ever thought about the reason why our difficulties appear to be similar, no matter where we go? Possibly the reason could be that we didn’t fix the problem the last time. Instead we turned left, when we should have turned right, and burned a bridge and compromised a relationship when God wanted us to hang in there and grow from the challenge. We can’t silence all of our critics but we can control how we deal with them. If you ever take a look out of your window and it seems like half of the whole world is for you, and the other is against you, don’t celebrate or panic. It just means that you are not half as bad or good, as you were the day before.
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Danny Rogers For Sheriff
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The Sherri Denese Jackson Foundation for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, Inc.(SDJF) stands its ground against the verdict that allowed for the death of Trayvon Martin to prove unjust. SDJF is a North Carolina based nonprofit organization, rooted in Greensboro. The mission of SDJF is to prevent and stop domestic violence, by bringing awareness to the community, specifically how it affects children, teenagers, and young adults. The organization has solidified its efforts by starting a new program, No More Trayvon. No More Trayvon is a year-long after school /summer enrichment program, for males ages 11-17. The scope of No More Trayvon is to educate and empower male minority youth by providing them with the tools they need to reclaim their identity and create a more positive and inclusive society. Trayvon Martin’s denial of manhood forced his dreams, goals, abilities and opportunities to remain unfulfilled while also leaving a legacy of possibility. No More Trayvon will serve as the marking ground for its participants, as they transition from adolescents into adulthood. Because of the often misleading images that society and media employs to define “The Black Man”, No More Trayvon will afford its participants with the tools they need to manifest the creation for their own criterion of what it means to be a Man of Color. By bringing awareness to social and civil rights, leadership and career development, and community involvement NMT will provide possibility. No More Trayvon will challenge its participants to examine the social repetitions through the experiences of historical figures like Emmett Till as a way to ensure that in the next 50 years we aren’t mourning the death of another Trayvon Martin. No More Trayvon is currently looking for inquisitive, talented, and bold participants and mentors for the 2014-2015 program year.
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The Sweet Shop
Homemade Pound Cakes by Margaret Elaine By Tonya Dixon Phtos by Howard Gaither
or the past three years The Sweet Shop Homemade Pound Cakes by Margaret Elaine Designs has been providing fresh, homemade pound cakes to Greensboro and surrounding areas. Shop owner Margaret Elaine started her business armed with simply her mother’s secret pound cake recipes. From her mother’s kitchen, decades ago, to the Shop’s vast commercial kitchen, Elaine maintains that although she is creating cakes on a much greater scale, the business will always remain about the recipes and the cakes.
From upgrading equipment to expanding the vintage and collectable décor to the addition of free Wi-Fi, credit card processing and the highly anticipated and requested shipping capability, the last three years have been a whirlwind of growth for The Sweet Shop. Margaret Elaine has spent years perfecting (and guarding) her mother’s recipes while Continued on the next page
introducing hundreds more of her own. Yes, hundreds. The Sweet Shop offers a selection of over 300 different exotic pound cake flavors, many of which she has up to four additional presentations. Despite the bounty of flavors available, The Sweet Shop is dedicated to producing daily, fresh-baked, never frozen, kosher delights.
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From the ever-popular lemon pound cake to coconut pineapple pound cake to the shop’s latest and recent sensation, banana pudding pound cake, The Sweet Shop has something that will please every pallet. In fact, the dessertery is literally the world’s only provider of such a vast amount of delicious pound cakes. Research has been conducted and The Sweet Shop wins hands down. The Shop is currently on track to set a Guinness World Record for producing the most pound cakes in the world. Although Elaine says the process is painstaking because it requires the preparation and filming of all 300 varieties, she is excited and willing to put in the work to make the seemingly impossible feat a reality. Margaret Elaine has always been willing to do whatever it took to make her dream come to pass. It has taken time for her to perfect her precious cakes; nevertheless it’s not a chore. It’s her passion. She likens herself to a food chemist. As a child she loved chemistry and even dreamed of one day becoming a chemist. She understands the chemistry of food and has discovered what food types work well together. “I can smell something and automatically know what it tastes like and what ingredients are included,” she says. “Some things don’t mix. I know what goes together. You have to know what is too overpowering and what isn’t. It really does take a great deal of chemistry to get the product right. I’ve tested items and ingredients and I know what to add and not add.” Margaret Elaine is excited about all the new twists, flavors and additions she is developing. However, she is very cautious and guarded with her masterpieces and new ideas and protects her intellectual property from would-be copycats. There have been a few ideas that she has proudly released to the waiting world including her new line of chocolate covered bacon treats; which include milk, white and Cajun dipped chocolate. Sounds unorthodox? It is! But that is exactly what she says makes the partnership work. The salty and the sweet fuse together producing a new, curious taste and flavor that is difficult to describe other than simply delicious. The Sweet Shop’s expansion hasn’t stopped with the introduction of new recipes and tasty sweets. Once Greensboro’s hidden gem, the shop has gained so much exposure that it has been contacted by the well-known kitchen appliance maker, Kitchen Aid to be featured in a commercial for its products. It’s all amazing to Elaine, who won’t necessarily say she never dreamed of such success, but will admit she is absolutely grateful and appreciative of every door that has opened. Coming soon in 20114, after a great deal of consideration, planning and purchasing, Margaret Elaine will open the upscale, Margaret Elaine Wine Loft. Continued on page 12
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Continued from page 10 The addition will be located in the upper unit directly atop The Sweet Shop. The two businesses complement each other perfectly. It provides a nice, relaxing, casual, after-hours refuge for a mature crowd. Margaret Elaine has even developed a line of exotic cakes and light food exclusively for the Loft. In addition to regular business hours the new space is available for anniversaries, luncheons, business meetings, birthdays, Bar Mitzvahs, weddings, receptions and much more.
(Center) Margaret Shoffner Gladney, (row one) Carolyn Gladney Walden, Margaret E. Gladney, Shirley Gladney Glover, Marilyn Gladney Brooks. (row 2) James Gladney, Not Pictured - Roger Gladney, Donald Gladney, Charles Gladney
Second, Third and Forth Generation of Pound Cake Bakers (left to right) Alisia Tankard, (center) Grandmother, Margaret Shoffner Gladney, (row two) Anthony Tankard (Master Chef Baker), Wendy Tankard, Margaret Elaine Gladney, and Brandon Tankard (Master Chef Baker)
Just like The Sweet Shop, the loft will have an area available for local artists to showcase their talents; including live jazz music, book signings and jewelry showcases. The new loft is more than another stream of income for Margaret Elaine. Rather, she is interested in discovering what a community needs and looks within her own abilities for ways to meet those needs. As it happens, her ability to open the loft will meet a need and fall in line with part of her
“I can smell something and automatically know what it tastes like and what ingredients are included. Some things don’t mix. I know what goes together. You have to know what is too overpowering and what isn’t”. Margaret Elaine entrepreneurial vision. Ask Margaret Elaine and she will tell you her ideas far surpass what patrons currently see. The Sweet Shop and the Margaret Elaine Wine Loft are simply two of the businesses she has established under the Margaret Elaine Designs umbrella. At least six other business are being planned, implemented and perfected, including: Margaret Elaine Interior Designs (the decorative force behind The Sweet Shop and The Wine Loft); Margaret Elaine Apparel Designs; Margaret Elaine Productions; Margaret Elaine Furniture Designs (she has already designed and produced a few original pieces); Margaret Elaine Apparel (she has previously been involved in a few runway shows); and OOBBOO Anthony and Brandon Tankard Apparel (Out of Bondage Because of Opportunity-a jean line developed by her sons).
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It’s important to Margaret Elaine to use her own business to showcase her own talents and admonishes others to do the same. “If you have a talent to do something, don’t be afraid to showcase it even if other people say no. Find a way to do it,” she says. “Find out your purpose and go with it. It’s just giving back to God what He gave to you.” Not only does she empower herself, but she uses her resources to empower others as well. On Saturday, October 18, Margaret Elaine will produce what she has dubbed “Fashion Week in Greensboro.” The event will be a unique show of coordinated apparel, hats and cakes. Following the event attendees will be welcomed to divulge in the featured cakes. Tickets are scheduled to be $60 per person which will include a pound cake buffet and access to the show. Margaret Elaine’s excitement is barely containable. She has been planning the new event, which has never been done in Greensboro, for a year. In keeping with her belief of investing in one’s own self, the event will be produced by Margaret Elaine Productions.
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The growth that Elaine has experienced over the past three years has been phenomenal. Much of it has come as a surprise to Elaine, but a great deal is simply the fruition of a plan and vision coming to pass. Nevertheless, she says none of her success would have been possible without the help of her two sons, Anthony and Brandon. She taught them at a very young age to cook for themselves. Her sons have inherited the family entrepreneurial spirit and are helping her branch out with an additional store in Los Angeles, California; and if the vision grows according to plan possibly franchising within three to five years. But Margaret Elaine isn’t rushing into anything. She says she always reminds herself, “It’s said, it’s written, and it’s going to be done.” If she continues accordingly there’s no doubt the remainder of her vision will come to pass. h Granddaughter Alisia Tankard, Forth Generation Margaret Elaine’s Mini Pound Cakes
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Danny Rogers Guilford County Sheriff
A Positive Change For All Citizens of Guilford County By Tonya Dixon Photos by Howard Gaither
anny Rogers was born and raised in High Point North Carolina. He is one of Guilford Countyâ€™s finest. He knows the lay of the land and is a familiar fixture throughout the community and he is running for the office of Guilford County Sheriff. Danny has the unique distinction of having significant hands on experience. He understands all the different aspects of the local criminal justice system. Additionally, Rogers has worked as a Guilford County Detention officer, and was formerly a patrol officer for both the City of High Point as well as the Office of Guilford County Sheriff. Rogers says he has seen a bit of it all. When describing the state of Guilford County, Rogers notes no city or town is unique in what it requires and deserves for safety and stability. Moreover, he has discovered that, like people, crime is similar no matter the place. Controversy, racism, classism and corruption exists at all levels and in all circumstances, yet be believes he can achieve change through experience and strong and sincere leadership. If elected, Rogers promises he will evaluate the state of Guilford County through internal and external probes and begin a campaign toward implementing needed departmental changes. Likewise, community partnerships, programs and initiatives will be evaluated for effectiveness. Rogers believes the county is in need of a great deal of reformation, yet the task is not insurmountable. He says many areas need to be refined. The agency must increase commitment to community engagement and develop stronger relationships. In addition, he recognizes the need for the evaluation of programs and procedures for effectiveness and appropriate action taken. Officer training and innovation should remain a priority. However, he strongly believes change, fairness and equality and youth engagement are high priority issues as well. Rogers states these items must be addressed in order to insure the successful growth of a safe and stable Guilford County.
If elected, Rogers promises he will evaluate the state of Guilford County through internal and external probes and begin a campaign toward implementing needed departmental changes. Likewise, community partnerships, programs and initiatives will be evaluated for effectiveness.
For Rogers, becoming sheriff would mean more than simply fighting crime. He understands in order to successfully fight crime, all levels of the agency must be unified and determined not to allow infighting or other internal disruptions to affect the common goal. Additionally, Rogers is interested in fighting against the intangible. He refers to departmental areas in dire need of repair and restructure. â€œA change from the ground up must occur. That is not to say people would be eliminated. That is to say that the way of thinking must change,â€? he says.
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The Danny Rogers Plan -Reduce the revolving door in jails and prisons -Build and bridge stronger relationships with law enforcement and the general population -Evaluate all internal and external programs for efficiency and expand and eliminate as needed -Collaborate with law enforcement offices of other counties, cities and townships -Initiate greater internal training that fosters camaraderie and trust. -Evaluate internal promotion systems and restructure for fairness at all levels -Maintain resource officer presence in schools -Promote greater officer participation in schools, build rapport and trust with students -Increase agency accessibility and visibility within the community
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“Sometimes when people get into office they hold onto some of the old ways. So it doesn’t get better; only the old ways become more concrete. Then you have a situation where the rules only work well for a set group of people and not everyone. The promotion process hasn’t changed in years,” says Rogers. “Favoritism exists and the good ‘ol boy system is still at play. Even Jim Crow tactics continue to be used (in disguise). It’s not just an agency problem, but a county –wide problem. People are afraid to address these unpopular issues for fear of retaliation or because it affects their livelihood. I don’t ever want anyone to ever be afraid to respectfully speak their mind. The old regime needs to change.” He adds the agency must take the lead. “When the agency changes for the better, the community will see a noted difference”. Rogers is not afraid to point out the problems he has witnessed first-hand. He is also willing to put his hand to the plow in order to make a positive and verifiable difference. Rogers adds that fairness must extend beyond the offices of the department. Fairness must be incorporated when arrests are made, crimes are investigated and punishments are imposed. Fairness is a touchy subject but he believes he is mentally tough enough to handle what may come his way. Furthermore, Rogers believes the county has a major issue with repeat offenders and a revolving prison door. It’s a serious problem that affects more than just the incarceration rates and prison overcrowding. While the issue affects more than the youth, the solution lies with them. He says “whether it’s a 13 year old or a 21 year old, the county must develop a passion for children and young adults. We combat it with quality education, concerned parents, dedicated teachers and schools and an involved community.” Rogers spends a great deal of time with Guilford County youth. He listens to them and talks to them. It is from those real and honest conversations that he knows what will truly work and be beneficial. “It may appear that most criminals prefer the lifestyle they live, but I’ve discovered most kids and young adults want to do and be better. They want to be productive,” he says. “They simply feel they don’t have any other alternative. They don’t see a means for college and don’t have the skills necessary for today’s technological and skills driven jobs. We need to offer them training. When I was young we had a shop program, mechanics program, and electrician program. Everyone isn’t college material nor do they want to go to college and they certainly don’t want to go into the military. We have to find ways to get their attention then keep them busy so they will stay out of trouble.” Roger’s hopes to accomplish most of what he proposes with the support of willing citizens and business prepared to mentor and provide financial assistance. He says when people have something productive to do they won’t have the time or energy to do the negative things that results in incarceration. Ultimately Guilford County’s success depends on a successful generation of young people; and Rogers is passionately convinced that many of the ills in society can be rectified by rehabilitating the youth. He even has a plan that involves reinstating the D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Program) Program or establishing something similar back into the schools. Through his own informal polling of individuals old enough to remember D.A.R.E. he has discovered they attribute their own past ability to “just say no” to D.A.R.E. “It was the perfect opportunity for officers to be creative and reach students. Yes, officers are already making strides in the school system and that is great, but there can be more,” he says.“The unique aspect about D.A.R.E. is that it focused on real drug education and real relationship. It taught kids on a level they could relate to and understand.” Rogers believes all citizens have common goals. No matter the party Smooth Grooves Urban Ballroom affiliation, he says everyone wants to feel safe; have educated children; Val Cooper & Moreover, Tyrone he Clemons and want to be productive citizens. says, if just one link is left out, the plan won’t work. Danny Rogers is (336)209-9246experienced and knowledgeable. He believes he is the man for the job. He asks for your vote for Guilford County Sheriff on May 6, 2014. h
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ave you ever heard of diaper cakes, diaper wreaths, diaper owls, onesie cupcakes, or even a towel cake? For Greensboro resident Kayla Mckoy, these are common terms that she often applies to novelty items and accessories that her company produces. No Limits No BoundARTies is a one of a kind specialty boutique that makes items for individuals with a ‘one of a kind’ desire. “I have loved art ever since Kindergarten. I took art classes in high school and college but I am mainly a self-taught artist/designer who creates and design things with my own flare. So in 2011 I finally decided to start an arts and crafts business from my home,” she says. McKoy says she chose to call her business No Limit No BoundARTies because she wanted people to see the true art of gifts from a nontraditional perspective. Additionally, she didn’t want there to be any limits or boundaries placed on her abilities. McKoy is a entrepreneur, writer, artist, and a full-time student. She has four sisters and is the second youngest of them all. She is the mother of two young daughters and was raised in the small town of East Arcadia in Riegelwood, North Carolina. She attended East Bladen High School in Elizabethtown, N.C. and graduated with honors and received several academic and athletic awards. She is currently a full time student at North Carolina Agricultural & State University and pursuing a degree in liberal studies. “I love trying new things and I am always thinking of new ideas. There is not a limit on what I can accomplish,” says McKoy. She produces gift baskets, Easter baskets, handmade barefoot sandals, key chains amongst other things. She even makes various gifts and decor for special events such as weddings, house warmings, baby showers, birthdays, and anniversaries. She even has items available for Valentine’s Day, Easter and Christmas, but recommends that her clients submit their orders well in advance due to a high demand around those times 0f the year.
Diaper Cakes can be 1, 2, 3, or 4 Tier. Includes items such as diapers, body products, pacifiers, bottles, bows, washclothes, etc. Towel Cakes can include towels, hand towels, wash clothes, body products, socks, make up, nail polishes, sparkling juices, etc. They can be for anniversaries, proposals, weddings, or house warmings. Diaper Babies are made of diapers, body products, outfits, etc.
McKoy says she is inspired by her family and especially her two daughters. Her very first client was her sister. She is encouraged by her church family (Full Gospel Christian Center of McLeansville, N.C.) and the feedback from clients. To see the looks on their faces when she finishes a gift, McKoy says is rewarding and priceless. “They push me and tell me to not give up on my dreams and this is what makes it all worth it,” she says. To see more items from No Limits No BoundArt’ies, please visit them online or call Kayla McKoy directly. h
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Fard Morales & Sootrue Bowss
Bow Ties For All Occasions By Terry L. Watson Photos by Fard Morales Fard Morales is a native of Brooklyn, New York but is making his mark in the fashion world in Charlotte, N.C. He was raised by five older brothers and two older sisters. He graduated from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro with a bachelors degree in marketing. He describes himself as a young black man trying to change the world through the youth and through the presentation and representation of the male figure. @huamimagazine
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Fard owns Soo True Bows, a bow tie and apparel company that provides customers with one of one custom bowties. All bow ties are hand made by him with significant buttons and abstract designs. “Each customer gets a masterpiece that only they will own,” he says. Now in its second year of existence, Morales started his business in his college apartment. Over those two years he has sold his masterful creations to nearly 60 individuals. His ties are suitable for weddings, annual events and more. Tie collectors placed all across America have even purchased from Morales. “I started my business to create an example of how well put a male presentation should be. The smallest detail can bring confidence and strength to a man. I use these ties as a symbol of strength , uniqueness, and gentleman attire. The more we present ourselves the proper way the easier it will be to develop kings and young men growing up the correct way.” he says. “Seeing young men want to be well dressed and tailored and speak with confidence motivates me to continue on my journey.” h
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Dr Debra Saunders-White By Tonya Dixon - Photos by NCCU
n Friday, April 4, 2014, Dr. Debra Saunders-White was installed as the 11th chancellor of North Carolina Central University and the first permanent female chancellor in the schools storied history. Dr. Saunders-White is the former assistant secretary for the Office of Post Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education. Her responsibilities included formulating federal post secondary education policy to incorporate federal student aid, programs that address critical national needs in support of the departments mission to increase access to quality post secondary education, and programs that support international and foreign language education.
The Hampton Virginia native has also been a post secondary education professor. Her leadership experience includes being assistant provost for technology, and vice president for technology and chief information officer for Hampton University. She is no stranger to the University of North Carolina (UNC) system. In 2006, Saunders-White joined the University of NC Wilmington (UNC-W) as vice chancellor for information technology systems. She concurrently served as UNCW as interim associate provost in the office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and as chief diversity officer. In addition to having a highly successful career in higher education administration Saunders-White served for 15 years in the corporate sector at IBM.
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One-on-One with Dr. Debra Saunder-White
Discuss (in detail) your most pressing priorities for NCCU. As Chancellor of North Carolina Central University, I have the privilege of leading what I believe is a crown jewel in the University of North Carolina system on a journey toward what I call “Eagle Excellence, or E-squared.” Under Eagle Excellence, we are making student success our number one priority, along with financial and operational success. E-squared is the collective investment of our entire university community— students, faculty, staff and alumni—to provide a high-quality educational experience to all who choose NCCU to further their education. We continue to take a proactive approach to operating by being smarter, more resourceful, more collaborative, while remaining focused on student outcomes. We are challenged to be more aggressive with our fundraising initiatives and more creative and innovative with our instructional offerings and delivery. NCCU is a highly desirable university and we actively recruit students who believe that NCCU is a first choice premier, global institution. We are focused on increasing our freshman-to-sophomore retention rates and graduating our students in four years. We are working to raise private funds that provide needed student scholarships and other resources for the university. We are developing strategies that will assist with our recruitment of students transferring from our community college partners, as well as four year institutions.
You have worked for other universities, the federal government, the corporate sector and private enterprises. How are you familiarizing yourself with the NCCU family and developing programs/ initiatives specific to growing the university? Since arriving in Durham, I have been actively engaged in leading NCCU toward Eagle Excellence. I started with our students. On my first day, June 3, I hosted a Google Hangout with the SGA president and other NCCU students, and a few days later held a reception with our students and took questions via Twitter. I needed to hear from them about their aspirations, needs and concerns. I meet with staff and faculty regularly and hold open office hours each week. Our alumni are the lifeblood of the institution and I have had an opportunity to engage with many of them in North Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland and Pennsylvania. My team and I have regular meetings with our local, state and federal leaders and stakeholders, and serve on a variety of community partnerships and taskforces in Durham, the Triangle region and the state in an effort to raise the profile of NCCU and generate more interest and investment in our institution. NCCU serves as an educational institution that attracts and educates students in the STEM disciplines, as well as social sciences, liberal arts, business, education and law, and we will continue to grow in these areas. My goal is to ensure that NCCU provides educational training that produces skilled workers from all our programs who are market and job-ready for North Carolina, the nation and the world.
As the first permanent female NCCU Chancellor, what advice would you give to young women looking to forge a similar path, yet daunted by the ever-present threat of gender discrimination? First, I am thrilled to make history at America’s first public Historically Black College or University. I am fortunate to be part of a sister circle of great women who lead institutions of higher education in our state, such as Dr. Diane Boardley Suber of St. Augustine’s University, Chancellor Carol Folt of UNC-Chapel Hill and Dr. Rosalind Fuse-Hall of Bennett College. I tell all NCCU students to come to us with your dreams of being entrepreneurs, educators, lawyers, social workers, and scientists and it is our obligation to make sure these dreams are realized. For young women and young men, anything is possible with hard work, determination, commitment and grit. Mentorship and intrusive advisement are the keys to ensuring a successful collegiate career.
What (if any) technological advances are you looking to initiate at NCCU? Technology has changed the way we live in the 21st century—from how we do business to the ways in which we communicate with one another. Today at NCCU, we are also leveraging technology to reach our students and potential students where they are, in cyberspace, using Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram to connect with them and build communities. Technology also intersects with nearly all academic disciplines—from STEM to the liberal arts, business, education and law. At NCCU, we are educating “techno-scholars.” Specifically with the STEM disciplines, it is enhancing our students’ technological skills whether they are in the lab or in their accounting course, they know and understand how to effectively use and incorporate technology. h
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“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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stylists and filter them directly into her salons. A benefit of attending the school provided guaranteed job placement at any of The Dooby Shop locations. Outside of her salons and school, she is also the CEO of Carolinas 1st Outpatient Therapeutic Counseling Center and a single mother of three sons; Eddie, Jr., Jonquail and Tyrese.
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erese Swan Hutchison is a Charlotte native that continues to leave her mark in the Queen City Beauty Industry. At the age of 12 she started styling her own hair and then the hair of her family and friends. At a young age Hutchison found her passion. After graduating from Harding University High School she attended Southeastern Beauty School and became a licensed stylist in 1994. A year later, she purchased her first salon at the age of 21. Her passion became her career and it has always been about making people look good and feel good about themselves as a person and not just a client. Fast forward about 20 years and you can still find the same level of passion about her career choice. Hutchison is currently the owner and operator of The Dooby Shop Salons and The Dooby Shop School of Cosmetology. There are currently two salon locations; however, at one point she owned and operated up to five locations with approximately 45 stylists.
How does she balance all of this? She lives by her favorite scripture Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” and says she gives God all of the glory for the works in her life. Hutchison says wherever she is something gets left at the door. When she is in the office home is at home and when she is at home office paperwork is left in the car. Vacations also help. As she continues to build her legacy Hutchison is excited about the possibilities. Her ultimate goal is to franchise her salons and schools – expanding further into North Carolina and into Georgia and Virginia. Could she also be the next Kim Kimble – celebrity hair stylist? Maybe. She says that she would love to style Oprah Winfrey. Why Oprah? Not just because she is Oprah but because of her style. She likes the fact that her soft, healthy hair is always professionally styled without the need for extensive hair weaving. h
A master stylist in her own right, Hutchison ensures that she remains current and relevant in this ever-growing industry by continuing to stay on top of the current trends and educating herself. She maintains that the key to success in the beauty industry is educating yourself, training your staff and providing quality customer service. She is always attending Hair and Trade Shows, continuing education seminars and researching top trends. And as a good leader, she takes back what she has gained to her staff so that they can continue to meet the needs and demands of their clients. A leader in the Charlotte Beauty Industry through the knowledge and experience that she has acquired has positioned her for some top accolades. Some of the awards that she has received include: Best Salon, Best Salon Interior, 1st place Fantasy Design, 1st place Platform Work for a Product line, Top Promoter of a Trade Show for securing over 200 exhibitors and vendors, Charlotte Post Stylist of the Year and 2010 Hoodie Awards nomination for Best Salon. Hutchison was also recognized as the 2012 Innovator of the Year by Your Eccentric Style Beauty & Barber Network (YESBBNET). She has been successful because she practices what she preaches. The advice that she would give to others she gives to herself. Hutchison lives by the old adage that you get back what you put in. She says that you have to be able to devote yourself to your business and you should create your business to work for you. She encourages salon owners to build a strong system, build a strong team, develop the best training and always provide the best customer service. The most important advice that she gives is that no one will know you exist if you don’t promote your business. Now is the age of social media and promoting you is easier than it has been in years. In 2012 Hutchison decided to expand her empire in the making and to include a beauty school. The Dooby Shop School of Cosmetology will open its doors in early 2014. The school is a longtime dream of hers and will also place her as the [first] African American woman to own and operate a Cosmetology School in Charlotte, N.C. With the opening of the school Hutchison is imprinting another mark in her legacy. She sees the school as an opportunity to present to young ladies that want to be professional stylists that she didn’t have. When she was training to become a stylist she had to first graduate High School before attending Cosmetology school. She believes that when you know what you want to do there shouldn’t be age limits on when you can start to fulfill your dream. Individuals as young as 16 can apply for admission to The Dooby Shop School of Cosmetology and there are no requirements for a High School Diploma or G.E.D.
The Dooby Shop School/ The Dooby Shop at LaSalle 2107 Beatties Ford Road Charlotte, NC 28208 (704) 393-5313 The Dooby Shop [at Sunset] 5009 Beatties Ford Road Charlotte, NC 28216 (704) 392-1400
For those salon owners that may want to open a beauty school, Hutchison implores them to be sure that they are doing it for the right reason. She insists that you must be willing to give of their time and talents to shape the lives and careers and individuals that you will be mentoring. Over the last 20 years Hutchison has taught, trained and re-trained staff as the cycle of stylists coming and going continues. For her, the school will allow the flexibility to personally educate and develop
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ost people would have thrown in the towel along time ago. Why not? Life would have been so much easier. No challenges or troubles. Forget about the cares of others and embark on a selfish plight to nowhere. However, Roslyn Mattocks of Jacksonville, North Carolina isn’t like most people. She has a heart the size of Jupiter and compassion to match. As the mother of a child with special needs, Mattocks embraces each new day with new expectations and ambitions.
Mattocks graduated from Coastal Carolina Community College in 2008 and received a diploma in Surgical Technology. She currently serves as surgical technologist with a focus on orthopedics. She declares openly that she is a Christian woman that chases after God’s heart. She needs God’s love to sustain her equip her for all of the challenges that life presents. Yet, her gifts and talents does not end in the operating room of a hospital. Mattocks also has a passion for writing and released her first book of a series titled Bag Ladies: Temporary Fix (Bag Ladies Series) “It took a lot of years and experience to inspire me to write this novel. I would not categorize this book as a ‘self-help’ book but I could see how one could relate and find a resolve to the situation they may be going through,” she says. “As I wrote this, I was still walking through having emotional dependencies.” Mattocks says her target audience are women (late teens to mid 40’s). The series sheds light on some of the things women seek and expect in life including love, respect, acceptance, attention, achievement, reassurance, and appreciation. Mattocks says it’s perfectly normal to want these things. “When we fail to fully give ourselves to God and allow Him to fill every void, when we fail to give Him our sorrows, our guilt, our shame, when we hold on to our worries and pain instead of trading it all for His joy, we find ourselves carrying a LOT of emotional baggage,” she says. After indulging many women are left feeling empty, exhausted, and no good to the ones who need them the most. Mattocks says this is why some fall far from fulfilling their purpose. “We forget our true identity. We lose value, selfrespect, and sadly, most often, we lose ourselves,” she adamantly explains. The three female characters in her novel attempt to fill a void that only God can fill in their lives with such fixes, only to find that they are left feeling empty. The first book of the ‘Bag Ladies’ series allows the reader to discover the characters personality, qualities, and bad habits. “There are blunt, yet real, moments that may pierce a part of you if you are still dealing with your temporary fixes,” Mattocks says.
“The series sheds light on some of the things women seek and expect in life including love, respect, acceptance, attention, achievement, reassurance, and appreciation.”
Mattocks finds inspiration from various sources including her spiritual leaders Apostle Daniel and Dr. Earnestine Williams of Present Truth Ministries in Kinston, N.C, and music. She declares she can’t write without hearing it in her ears. It causes her creative juices to flow. She states that while writing she had to pray and contemplate on how blunt and open she should be. “God willing, I have planned to write a few more books in the Bag Ladies series, and also a “true identity” daily (365) inspirational book. I would also like to open a coffee/book cafe by day and open mic for poetry and live entertainment by night,” she says. h
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Cancer is bad… Shut your mouth!
Dr. Jillian Morgan Dr. Jillian Morgan holds a Ph.D. in pharmacology with a focus in oncology. She is a researcher, motivational speaker, professor and medical science liaison for an international biomedical company.
February 4th marked World Cancer Day; a day of observance that has been only been in existence since 2008. It was established in an effort to raise worldwide cancer awareness and promote its prevention, detection and cure. As part of this year’s recognition in the United States, the lights of the Empire State Building were lit in blue and orange, the colors of the World Cancer Day organization. Cancer is a disease that in some way has touched each of us, either personally or through someone we know. Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for 8.2 million deaths in 2012 alone, according to the International Agency on Research for Cancer. The American Cancer Society (ACS) reports that there are approximately 13 million people in the US currently living with cancer. These statistics are staggering! What is even more alarming is that, like many other diseases, cancer disproportionately affects the African American community. We are diagnosed at lower rates, mainly because we don’t go to the doctor regularly, but our death rates are higher, primarily because we are diagnosed at later stages of the disease compared to other ethnic groups. African Americans are more likely to develop and die from cancer than any other racial or ethnic group. As a community we must work to improve our cancer awareness and prevention.
Did you know that cancer kills more people than HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB combined? The three most commonly diagnosed cancers in African Americans and the population as a whole are breast cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, second only to skin cancer. Shockingly, one out of every eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. This year, it is estimated that about 232,670 new breast cancer cases will be diagnosed and approximately 40, 000 women will die from the disease. Because of these alarming statistics it is imperative that woman perform breast self-exams and that women over the age of 40 go in to have a mammogram every year. These simple measures can help to detect the disease early and allow for more effective treatment options. Most women are all too familiar with the breast self-exam process and the need to perform one monthly; however, many women simply forget to do their monthly self-exams. Now there’s a new app to help women remember to conduct their breast self-exams. The organization Rethink Breast Cancer has developed an app for your mobile devices that will send you reminders from fine men and handsome doctors, whatever your preference. The app allows you to choose from an array of good-looking men and each
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notification will feature that gentleman reminding you of the TLCs of self-examination- Touch-Look- Check. This app also has features that enable you to locate doctors and take notes on any changes you find during your self-exam. This is a cool and flirty app that can actually help save your life. Look for the Your Man Reminder App in the App Store and the Android Market. Breast cancer is not just a woman’s disease. While it is not as common in men, an estimated 2,240 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and approximately 410 will die of this disease. Of note, Richard Roundtree was bad…when he starred as John Shaft in the 1971 film “Shaft” but not bad enough to dodge the cancer bullet. Roundtree, currently one of the stars in the TV show Being Mary Jane, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993. The actor was treated for the disease and is now cancer free. While breast cancer is the common cancer for women, outside of skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men. About one man out of seven will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his life. The American Cancer Society predicts that about 233,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed this year.
In 2010, many news sources reported the death of legendary hip hop artist, Guru, following complications from lung cancer. After battling lung cancer for over a year the rapper, born Keith Elam, one-half of the hip-hop group Gang Starr, died on April 19, 2010. He was only 48 years old. While lung cancer is one of the most common cancers it is also one the most preventable because the number one risk factor for lung cancer according to the CDC is smoking. In the United States, cigarette smoking causes about 90% of lung cancers. On February 5th, just one day after World Cancer Day, CVS pharmacy announced that it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its stores by October 1. This is in an effort to promote healthier living. Did you know that more people die from lung cancer than colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined? So, while some of these numbers are disheartening, there are many lifestyle changes that we can make to help lower our chances of developing certain cancers. The most notable one is to stop the use of tobacco products. Put the cigarettes down and join a smoking cessation program. In addition, the ACS has developed nutrition and physical activity guidelines for the prevention of cancer. The guidelines stress the importance of maintaining a healthy body weight, getting at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day, eating a healthy diet with at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily and limiting alcohol intake to no more than one drink a day for women or two for men, if you drink at all. So as we start a new season, I encourage you to spring into healthier lifestyle habits and GET YOURx LIFE by getting regular check-ups, performing self-exams, exercising and throwing away the cigarettes! h
Prostate cancer when detected early can often be treated successfully. More than 2 million men in the US are prostate cancer survivors. One of those survivors is R&B singer Charlie Wilson. Uncle Charlie, as he’s affectionately known, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008. At the urging of his wife, Wilson went in for a checkup. After a few months of treatment, Wilson was declared cancer free. Wilson has been quoted as saying “A lot of men are ashamed to get the exam. It would be senseless to die of shame.” Starting at the age of 50 men should talk to their doctor about the pros and cons of prostate cancer testing. African American men or men who have a father or brother with prostate cancer should begin talking with their doctor at age 45. Women, please encourage the men if your life to get screened. It can save their lives. And men, in the words of Charlie Wilson, “Man up and go get a checkup”. The deadliest of all cancers is lung cancer. Lung is cancer is the second most common cancer among men and women in the US with approximately 228,190 individuals diagnosed in 2013, however it is by far the leading cause of cancer death with 159,480 deaths from the disease in 2013, more than any other cancer.
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A Lifetime of Service By Terry L. Watson Photos by Ryan Dixon
he teamwork, camaraderie, discipline, and sense of pride are many things that the United States Armed Forces has to offer. For Greensboro native Ryan Dixon, they’ve kept him on a successful path of a 20 year career as an officer in the Air Force. He has traveled to many places around the world and has been deployed to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Cuba, and Iraq. Dixon has accomplished a great amount also while enlisted including Outstanding Meritorious Unit, Senior Non Commissioned Officer (SNCO) for the Year, NCO of the Year. Additionally, Dixon obtained a B.S. Degree in Workforce Education and Development with honors. After graduating from James B. Dudley High School of Greensboro in 1991, Dixon knew that he wanted to do something important with his life. He could have stayed in Greensboro, but as time passed and a few years flew by, he decided to pursue a career in the military. That was a good decision for Dixon. Why? The United States Air Force has allowed him the opportunity to excel and learn valuable job skills. They offer 100% tuition assistance for education (that’s how he got his degree), 30 days paid vacation a year and the opportunity to see the world and get paid while doing so. Dixon will also be able to retire at young age and start another career. “It has been well worth it, but there are many sacrifices that I have made like deploying to a combat zone, missing holidays and my kid’s birthdays, and working long hours,” says Dixon. The feeling of family, regardless of the many differences, people of all walks in life come together and serve as a family away from their actual homes in the military. Dixon’s plans are to return home to Greensboro in June to possibly work in the Logistics Field (his military occupation) or Workforce Education Development. “After going around the world, there is still no place like home. My family and I are really excited about coming back home and being apart of our great community,” he says. He has been married to Cherri Dixon for 15 years, whom he met on his first military duty assignment at Charleston AFB, S.C. A great example of a blended family, They have three step-children and three children. Dixon lost his father, James Micheal Dixon when he was only 15, and says he admires his mother Eunice Day for instilling a sense of compassion, good work ethic, and perseverance into him and his other siblings. h
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riginally from Wilson, North Carolina, James Speight has called many places home. He studied at UNC Chapel Hill and later moved to Washington, D.C. That is where he was first introduced to powder cocaine. His addiction grew and Speight soon found himself working in corporate America, married with a child, and strung out on crack cocaine. “I remember one night after being out on a three day binge, coming home at about 1:00 a.m. in the morning and looking for a check that I knew I had there. As I was rambling around in the house, my previous wife heard me and tried to talk me out of going back out but all I wanted to do was to get that check and go get high again. My ten year old daughter then awoke and begged me with tears running down her cheeks not to go. But my crack cocaine induced stupor caused me to leave my house with my ten year old daughter crying at the top of the steps,” says Speight. At that point, he realized that he needed help. In 2000, Speight moved to Greensboro, N.C. He described his situation then as homeless with all of his belongings in a garbage bag. It was then that he learned about Malachi House Inc. “I remember when Pastor Otis Lockett Sr. told me, if God can do it in his life, he can do it in mine,” he says. “First of all it is but by God’s grace and mercy that I am even here today, but of course my wife Constance and children Brencen , Bianca, and Dorian are what I am most grateful for. But I couldn’t make it without the support of my Malachi brothers”. Malachi House II is a nine month, faith based, mentoring program for men with life controlling issues such as drugs and alcohol. Its administration office is located at 3603 Burlington Road, and Intake Dormitory is located at 1517 Barto Place, both in Greensboro, N.C. There is also a Hand Car Wash located at 3602 E. Wendover Avenue. James Speight is the founder of Malachi House II which begin in 2010 from the vision of Malachi House Inc. and the late Bishop Otis Lockett Sr. of Evangel Fellowship Church.
Malachi House II will be hosting their 4th Annual Silent Auction/ Fundraising Banquet on March 28th and 29th. This is their largest fundraiser and is a time when their sponsors, donors, family and friends come together to celebrate recovery and what God is doing in the lives of men and their families. Tickets are $20 dollars to attend and they are asking for everyone to please come out and support them in their efforts of helping to restore the lives of men. In the future, Speight hopes that he will be able to expand to accommodate more men. Additionally he seeks to collaborate with local school systems to become a big brother to boys in the In School Suspension programs, and get involved with the Guilford County Jail. Malachi House II presently conducts a Women’s Support group on the first and third Tuesday of the month led by Speight’s wife. They also host a support group every Tuesday night at the Greensboro Urban Ministry and visit a local prison once a month. Their vocational component includes catering jobs, move jobs, general warehouse and many other general jobs in the area. h
The Malachi House II focuses on sustained recovery, character building, vocational skill training, job – readiness and job search skills. It also collaborates with other agencies to provide their clients with an opportunity to get their GED through Guilford Technical Community College, a fatherhood (Dad’s Program) through Family Services of the Piedmont, and agencies that help with their mental health such as Monarch. They also have a transitional house for men that have graduated and now are either in school or are working in their community. Malachi House II does has it share of challenges. Due to major cuts in services across the region and state, the demand has increased tremendously for residential care. They are one of the few agencies that provide long term residential care in the region. Funding is always a challenge when it comes to running a non profit agency says Speight. Malachi House II does receive one grant which is from the Cone Health Foundation. They also get support from some of the churches and private donors in the area of which Speight says helps out tremendously.
Pictured with James Speight is his wife Constance
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“Founding Pastor Began Ministry With Two Drunks And A Dog”
Cheif Apostle James H. Carter Cornerstone Church of Christ Of The Apostolic Faith By Tonya Dixon Photos by Howard Gaither
postle James H. Carter has been preaching and teaching the Word of God for the last 45 years. He is the longest running tenured pastor in Thomasville. Many of the pastor’s and preachers he started in ministry with have transitioned unto eternity, but Carter is continuing his charge to spread the Gospel and bring about change throughout the community. Moreover, he has no intention of slowing down from all that he does. The Caswell County native is currently the presiding prelate of United Cornerstone Churches Internationalan organization with over 50 churches across North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia, West Indies and Africa. He works tirelessly in the organization; within his own church; and throughout the community where he serves on countless boards. Not only is Carter the founder of three churches in North and South Carolina he is also the founder and co-founder of the United Cornerstone School of Divinity, and also works with the NC Theological University with Founder Dr. Tony Horne of the UCCI Assembly. . This year marks Carter’s 39th anniversary as the founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church of Christ. The church has literally been a “cornerstone” of the African American community in Thomasville for nearly as many years. Known for helping anyone in the community in need, Cornerstone Church of Christ has weathered many storms, trials and tribulations, but through unity, perseverance and “big” faith the ministry has prevailed. The charitable reputation of Cornerstone is simply a reflection of its leader. The very reason that the church was founded was based upon Apostle Carter’s mandate and personal desire to “help” other people and better the community. In 1970, Carter began working as a route driver for United Parcel Service (UPS). It was no small feat to even secure such a coveted position. Carter’s delivery route included the city of Thomasville. Every day he drove the same route and noticed the same people. Mainly, Carter became fixated on the massive number of young people that were simply hanging around with nothing productive to do or anything to stimulate their minds. In addition, he recognized the area was still dealing with blatant racism and prejudices. It wasn’t an ideal situation. Eventually, Carter had enough. One day, while driving his route, he stopped and asked the Lord a simple question. “Why don’t you send someone to get these kids off the street?” he says. The answer he received was just as simple. “What’s wrong with you?” was the response he says he received. Carter wasn’t exactly thrilled with the answer. He certainly didn’t ignore it, but he wasn’t prepared for such a drastic change. “I had no thoughts of Pastoring. I was already the assistant pastor at my own church in Reidsville and I was doing evangelistic work there,” he says. The longer Carter ran his route the more he was convicted to “do something”. By April of 1975, he was fully convinced. He started Cornerstone Church Street Ministry. The ministry was literally on the street; from Hunter Street to Douglas Drive to James Avenue. Carter placed a small pulpit on the back of a truck. He played his guitar and commenced to preaching the Gospel to whoever would listen. He loves to tell the story of his first attendees. They consisted of two drunks and a dog. Eventually the drunks left. The dog stayed around for a bit longer, but grew weary as well and left too. Undaunted, Carter remained steadfast in what he was called to do. Every Saturday he made the trip from Reidsville to Thomasville making an appeal to people to receive salvation. He knew it was the will of God even though he admits it wasn’t the easiest thing to do; yet he recognized it was necessary for him to do it. The city was constantly affected by racism, discrimination and prejudices of all kinds. The KKK marched at will and derogatory terms like the “N” word were used pervasively and freely. The streets where Carter ministered were considered to be some of the worse and most dangerous streets in the city. Two Caucasian police officers had even been killed in the area while Carter preached. The chief of police at the time questioned whether Carter was confident of his location and even offered
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to place an officer and patrol car nearby. Nevertheless, the work of the Lord moved forward and Carter eventually transitioned from the streets to an area home. Within approximately four months, he had enough money to rent a small, vacant and building. It wasn’t much, but the 30x60 building was his. The owner refused to upgrade the space, so Carter spent his personal savings renovating and making it habitable. The ministry began to grow. Many of the converts were from nearby public housing as well as family members. However, Carter began to realize true works for the Lord would not come without obstacles and stumbling blocks. There were differing opinions between he and the landlord over the sale of alcoholic beverages in the store attached, and the church was asked to relocate. It was only through divine intervention that Carter found another building for his congregation. It was an old garage that he previously delivered packages to. The garage was in disrepair, but he and the members banded together, which included getting down on their hands and knees scraping grease off the floors and walls, and turned the garage into a church; a church that is now a part of his current office. The congregation raised the required $4,000 down payment and purchased the building all within 30 days. It was time for him to put his faith where his mouth was. The Lord spoke to him and said, you are preaching on faith, but you don’t have any faith; if you did you would trust me. He says he heard the Lord say, quit your job and trust me. That’s exactly what he did. He remembers his supervisor’s dismay with Carter’s “crazy” decision, but the young pastor was assured. The years passed, the ministry grew and Davidson County as well as the Thomasville community benefitted. Carter knew in order to fulfill his mandate he would have to become more involved in the community. He joined many civic organizations; from the Lions Club to the NAACP to Habitat for Humanity. Many people within the African American committee didn’t view or appreciate his passion and commitment to community and advancement. They thought he was rustling too many feathers and stirring up unnecessary trouble. On the contrary, he was convinced that in order to make a change he would have to be the change. He began establishing relationships outside of the church. He was fueled by the enormous amount of oppression and mistreatment he saw unfairly inflicted on so many; much of which was through a racist establishment. “I didn’t come here just to preach. I came here to make a difference in the city; especially between blacks and whites,” he says. Carter has helped the community at large in numerous areas; too numerous to list. From organizing area ministers and pastors (after several failed attempts) to working on special projects with the Thomasville Police Department and special projects assigned by Mayor Herbert Leonard. He has received so many civic awards he has run out of room to post them. One of the achievements he is most proud of is the city’s recognition of the Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday. While the majority of the country recognized and celebrated, the City of Thomasville all but ignored its existence. In fact, the powers that be proclaimed it would never become a holiday in their precious town. Nevertheless, Apostle Carter knew his orders were from a much higher power and began the tedious, tiresome and nearly exhaustive process of assisting an official MLK holiday celebration. Meetings convened; strategies were devised; protests were planned and prayers were offered up. Finally, the Lord opened the door and The City of Thomasville officially recognized the holiday. Supporters could be denied no longer. To date, the city has one of the largest and longest celebrations in the state administered by the MLK/SAC with the support of Apostle Carter. Apostle Carter has held many positions within the organization and served in many capacities.
“I didn’t come here just to preach. I came here to make a difference in the city”. Apostle James H. Carter
In his sincere humility, he doesn’t take the credit for success; rather he understands it came through the dedication and fearlessness of many other individuals. On April 11, 2014 Apostle James H. Carter will be honored during the Cornerstone Church of Christ 11th Annual Leadership Conference. Long overdue, the annual event has set the theme to be, “The Purpose, The Mission and The h Man”.
Apostle James H. Carter Cornerstone Church of Christ 1102 Short St Thomasville, NC 27360 (336) 472-5175 January/February 2014
Pictured from left to right: District Elder Marie Allen, Founder of Conference, Cheif Apostle James H. Carter, and First Lady Cynthia Carter
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