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Voter Outreach

Voter Outreach

Concepts, strategies and objectives to move voters to action

Written by Peter Grear Educate, Organize and Mobilize: Each week over the past several months I’ve written about various aspects of voter suppression with the purpose of explaining its concepts,…

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Keatts A Keeper For New-Look Seahawks

Keatts A Keeper For New-Look Seahawks

New Head Men’s Basketball Coach was all smiles

New Head Men’s Basketball Coach was all smiles at Trask Coliseum. WILMINGTON, NC – Boldly proclaiming, “I’m a winner,” and promising “an exciting brand of basketball” newly-christened UNCW head men’s basketball coach Kevin Keatts said Tuesday that a new day in Seahawk basketball has arrived.

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Lied-to Children More Likely to Cheat and Lie

Lied-to Children More Likely to Cheat and Lie

The study tested 186 children ages 3 to 7

The study tested 186 children ages 3 to 7 in a temptation-resistance paradigm. Approximately half of the children were lied to by an experimenter, who said there was “a huge bowl of candy in the next room” but quickly confessed this was just a ruse to get the child to come play a game. 

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Unconscious Mind Can Detect a Liar When Conscious Mind Fails

Unconscious Mind Can Detect a Liar When Conscious Mind Fails

The unconscious mind could catch a liar

“We set out to test whether the unconscious mind could catch a liar – even when the conscious mind failed,” says ten Brinke. Along with Berkeley-Haas Assistant Professor Dana R. Carney, lead author ten Brinke and Dayna Stimson (BS 2013, Psychology), hypothesized that these seemingly paradoxical findings may be accounted for by unconscious mental processes.

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Alliance of North Carolina Black Elected Officials: Educate, Organize, and Mobilize

Alliance of North Carolina Black Elected Officials: Educate, Organize, and Mobilize

North Carolina Alliance of Black Elected Officials

Written by Peter Grear, Esq.  Since August 2013 I've continued to ask myself "what would an effective campaign to defeat voter suppression look like?” Well, on Friday, February 14, 2014, Valentine's Day, I got my answer from Richard Hooker, President of the…

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FREE Full PDF Edition includes stories not featured on the website

The FREE Full PDF Edition includes stories not featured on the website. No paper, no hasel, read on your laptop or mobile devices. 

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Service Gives a Second Chance

Written by Featured Organization on 14 April 2011.

Charles Evans, a very modest man, with tremendous people skills, was elected to the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners in November of 2010.  His election is another step in a remarkable, unlikely journey.

A Fayetteville native, Mr. Evans enlisted in the military in 1977, after a fairly uneventful high school attendance at Terry Sanford.  His three (3) year military career, served at Ft. Bragg, proved to be the beginning of his downward spiral from substance abuse (marijuana) to addiction to alcohol and cocaine, to a felony conviction in 1991.

After the military, Commissioner Evans worked as a bellman at Holiday Inn, in customer service for American Airlines, US Air and United Express.  Although he was always an exemplary employee his addiction led him to misappropriate property at United Express and resulted in him pleading guilty to embezzlement.  He’s a member of the Second Baptist Missionary Baptist Church.

For many, a history of drug addiction and a criminal record would preclude consideration of elective politics and put elective office out of reach even if it were considered.  However, for Charles Evans, it caused him take a long look in the mirror and to make a decision to address his addiction and to commit himself to public service.  After entering rehabilitation he has remained substance free for almost ten (10) years.  His commitment to public service is demonstrated by his seven (7) year service as a Democratic Party precinct chair, service on the Fayetteville City Zoning Board, Planning Board and Parks & Recreation Board. 

In 2005 he ran against and incumbent and was elected to the Fayetteville City Council for the first of two (2) terms.  In 2009 he was defeated in his third race for City Council.  Undeterred, the following year he ran against a former commissioner, won his seat on County Commission and became the first black elected at-large in more than 25 years.

In the past, he served as 2nd vice president of the state youth council of the NAACP and is presently a member of the Fayetteville Branch of the NAACP.  He also serves on the policy committee for the county commissioners as well as on the board of directors for the Cape Fear valley hospital system.  He also has a program called "Project Fresh Start" that provides information, such as housing, resume' preparation and employment opportunities to individuals convicted of felonies.

Commissioner Evans says that having to face up to his transgressions eventually became a strength and “As people go through life & have to deal with different struggles, with prayer, persistence & determination they can beat all odds”

Not satisfied to rest on his laurels, he plans to attend a local college or university where he’ll pursue a degree in Political Science.  Obviously, with people skills and determination, this role model and public servant will experience many more successes in his future.