8:05 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

North Carolina Man Receives Coast Guard Promotion 34 Years After Retirement

Honorary Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Clemon Terrell and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell celebrate the former’s promotion during a ceremony Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in Burlington, N.C.

Clemon H. Terrell enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1950 as a steward. He would make the officers' beds and shine their shoes, among other duties. Due to segregation, there were limited opportunities for advancement. This week, 34 years following his retirement from the service, Terrell was promoted to honorary Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer.

"I was ecstatic. Being promoted to Chief Petty Officer is a prestigious promotion," he said, adding that the the Chief Petty Officer has the respect of everyone "from the Admiral on down."

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5:50 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Durham Program Ignites Passion For Science, Technology, Engineering And Math [VIDEO]

Students in Neal Magnet Middle's STEM Academy building robots.
Credit Carol Jackson

There's a school program in Durham North Carolina that is preparing low-income African American boys for science, technology and engineering careers. The program is not focused on those who are failing, but rather those who have been chosen for their potential to succeed. WUNC's Carol Jackson has this profile:

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The Two-Way
3:17 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Grand Jury In Garner Case Heard From 50 Witnesses, Saw 4 Videos

A man pauses Wednesday at a memorial for Eric Garner outside the beauty salon in Staten Island where he died during an arrest attempt.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 5:53 pm

The grand jury that weighed whether to charge the New York police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner heard from 50 witnesses and saw dozens of exhibits, including four videos, before declining to indict.

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Ferguson Events Encourage Author To Republish Novel

Durham-based author Sharon Ewell Foster republished her book Passing by Samaria in light of recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.


When Sharon Ewell Foster first published her novel Passing by Samaria in the late 1990s, it was a time of relative racial peace throughout the United States.

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6:29 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

NC NAACP: Non-Indictment Of Wilson Is Indictment Of System

The Rev. William Barber, president of the NC NAACP, addressed reporters on Tuesday morning.
Credit Reema Khrais

Leaders of North Carolina’s NAACP are expressing their disappointment in the decision to not indict Ferguson, Missouri white officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Reverend William Barber spoke at a press conference in Durham this morning. He said that the decision to not indict Wilson is an indictment of the system itself.

“And we're plagued with it here. It's an indictment, right here, on the system in North Carolina. Racial profiling is real in this state,” he said.

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Politics & Government
8:12 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

N.C.'s G.K. Butterfield To Lead The Congressional Black Caucus

G.K. Butterfield, of Wilson, will lead the Congressional Black Caucus
Credit Wikipedia

G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) will be the next leader of the Congressional Black Caucus. Butterfield, who represents much of Eastern North Carolina, was unanimously elected on Wednesday by the 45 member group.

“I’m moved by the unwavering support the CBC has shown me throughout the years,” said Butterfield in a release. He is the caucus's most recent Vice-Chair.

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The State of Things
11:52 am
Wed November 12, 2014

The Ice Garden

Cover to Moira Crone's new novel, The Ice Garden.

The characters in Moira Crone’s new book The Ice Garden (Carolina Wren Press/2014) have been rattling about in the author’s head for decades. 

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Arts & Culture
11:46 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Shaping A New, Queer Life

A new memoir by UNC's Kenan Visiting Writer Daisy Hernández
Credit Cover Image of the book A Cup of Water Under My Bed


Daisy Hernández grew up between cultures as a first-generation American child of a working-class Colombian mother and Cuban father. 

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Politics & Government
11:31 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Political Flyer With Photo Of Lynching Distributed At North Carolina Church

Flyer that includes image of a lynching, placed on cars in Fayetteville on Sunday.
Credit Paul Woolverton, The Fayetteville Observer via Twitter

A controversial flyer was placed under windshields at a predominantly black church in Fayetteville on Sunday.  On the front, was a historic photo of a group of white men; it was a lynch mob.

ABC 11 reports that the photo image was from 1920.

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The State of Things
11:28 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Finding Truth Somewhere In Between

Cast Members In Raleigh's Theatre In The Park's Production of Somewhere In Between
Theatre In The Park

A new play premiering at Raleigh's Theatre In The Park encourages viewers to question their notions of love, truth and sexuality. 

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