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“Racist” Latta Plantation event denounced in Charlotte
Ian Campbell
Ian Campbell
By Cash Michaels
Cash Michaels
An inexplicable “racist” event at the Historic Latta Plantation near Charlotte has been canceled for this Saturday, June 19th, “Juneteenth” because it commemorated defeated Confederate “white refugees” instead of the emancipation of Black slaves of African descent across the country.

“Kingdom Coming” was supposed to be a $25.00 per person event this Saturday at 7pm but, was cancelled after strong backlash to its promoted purpose.

“Mecklenburg County has zero tolerance for programs that do not embrace equity and diversity,” stated the county in a statement last week about the Huntersville event. “Park and Recreation was not aware of the planned event at Latta Nature Preserve until More ↠
Hickory NAACP Announces Scholarships for Recent High School Graduates

The Hickory Branch of the NAACP is accepting applications for Hickory area students for scholarships-one in the amount of $1,000 and a second in the amount of $500.

Applicants must have graduated in 2021 from an accredited high school and should be enrolled at a two- or four-year accredited college or university for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Applications are available for pick up at Morning Star Baptist Church, Hartzell Memorial Methodist Church, Patrick Beaver Library, Ridgeview Library/Recreation Center, by requesting an application at More ↠

What Juneteenth Is and Isn’t
By Makheru Bradley
Makheru Bradley
156 Years since June 19, 1865

The story of Juneteenth, the celebrated end of Chattel Slavery in the United States, begins on the continent of Afrika in 1441. A dozen Berbers were captured by Portuguese sailors near Mauritania and subsequently exchanged for ten enslaved Afrikans. Those Afrikans were transported to Portugal where they were given to Pope Martin V by Prince Henry. That event led to the papal bulls of 1452 and 1455 issued by Pope Nicolas V, which granted Portugal the right to enslave Afrikans. Thus began the trans-Atlantic enslavement process.

The “Disaster of 1492”–the European invasion of the Caribbean led by Columbus–eventually resulted in the deaths of 56 million Indigenous People in the Caribbean and the Americas by 1600. This massive loss of Indigenous People drove Europeans to forcibly migrate Afrikan people across the Atlantic for enslavement.

The establishment of the British colony of Virginia led to the enslavement of a group of Afrikans known as the “20 and Odd” in August 1619.

Celebrate and Emulate

Juneteenth is first and foremost a celebration of the heroic struggle of Afrikan people against Chattel Slavery. The 20 and Odd were not even the first Afrikans of the enslavement era to arrive in what is now the United
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States. “The first slave revolt in continental North America was in South Carolina in 1526. Lucas Vasquez de Ayllon, a Spanish colonizer founded a town near the Pee Dee River. This settlement consisted of 500 Spaniards and 100 enslaved Africans. Illness soon hit the settlement and Ayllon died. The South Carolina Indians became hostile to the settlement, and in November the enslaved Africans revolted, killing most of their Spanish masters, and escaped to the Indians. The surviving 150 (Spaniards) returned to Haiti in December, 1526” (Time For An Awakening Media).

The struggle against Chattel Slavery was fought in various forms by both unknown and iconic figures including: The Stono Rebellion; Colonel Tye’s guerilla war in New Jersey; the legal actions of Elizabeth “Mum Bett” Freeman and Dred and Harriet Scott; David Walker’s Appeal; the rebellions of the Prosser Brothers, Charles Deslondes, Bob Ferebee, Denmark Vesey and Gullah Jack Pritchard, and Nat Turner; Harriet Tubman, More ↠
Livingstone College Students Engage in Vaccine Outreach

By Da'Tarvia Parrish
Da'Tarvia Parrish
As the world strives to increase availability and accessibility to the Covid-19 vaccines, Livingstone College and its students are engaging in measures to secure and protect its population and many more. In addition to being a Covid-19 testing and vaccine administering site, Livingstone has partnered with the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) to train emerging leaders.

IFYC is a national non-profit organization with the mission of working towards an America where people of different faiths, worldviews, and traditions can bridge variances and find common values to build a shared life together. As President Joe Biden recently declared June 4 to July 4 as a “Month of Action” with the goal to increase vaccination rates to 70% of American adults by Independence Day; IFYC has tasked its Faith in the Vaccine Higher Education Ambassadors to engage in vaccine outreach within their communities.

The student Ambassadors are based on the community health worker model, and are trained to engage people through their religious and ethnic communities. Of the 120 campuses and over 2,000 students, Ambassadors serve

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as messengers who offer a valuable touchpoint to the initiative. They provide a listening and sympathetic ear to understand concerns, and relatable fact-based scientific information about the safety and effectiveness More ↠