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The Pawns of Politics: Where Is My Patronage?

The Pawns of Politics: Where Is My Patronage?

Peter Grear

Educate, organize and mobilize -- For more than a year leading up to the recently completed General Elections, I’ve written about Voter Suppression, gerrymandering, the Black vote and voters.  

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Thurgood Marshall College Fund Focuses on Developing Black CEOs

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Focuses on Developing Black CEOs

Developing Black CEOs

According to research conducted by Richard Zweigenhaft, a psychology professor at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., though Blacks account for more than 13 percent of the U.S. population, 

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Verbal Abuse in the Workplace: Are Men or Women Most at Risk?

Verbal Abuse in the Workplace: Are Men or Women Most at Risk?

Abuse in the Workplace

There is no significant difference in the prevalence of verbal abuse in the workplace between men and women, according to a systematic review of the literature conducted by researchers at the Institut universitaire de santé mentale de Montréal

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The Decision to Handle Rejection

The Decision to Handle Rejection

Rev. Manson B. Johnson

The Big Idea: Endurance is the key to achieving challenging goals in life.“Man’s rejection can be God’s direction.  God sometimes uses the rejection of hateful people to move us to a new place or assignment–where we wouldn’t have thought of going on our own.  

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How to Turn Personal Obstacles into Triumphs

How to Turn Personal Obstacles into Triumphs

(StatePoint) Everyone faces setbacks in life.

While those personal obstacles can lead to disappointing outcomes, they can also be harnessed into personal motivators, say experts. 

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 Greater Diversity News (GDN) is a statewide publication with national reach and relevance.  We are a chosen news source for underrepresented and underserved communities in North Carolina.  

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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.