Tuesday, June 1, 2006
Students commit to make positive changes
Members of Males
Committed to Change
and coordinator Starkie
Sharp (third from left)
walk on the South
School campus. The club
African Americans to
and socially. Chapters
are also on the campus
es of Vance and Myers
Park high schools
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through the cracks, we want to encoiir^ them.”
The club, which is known as MC2 (as in MC squared) meets
once a month to cover club agendas, go on college field trips,
gather at South Meek sporting events to support the school’s
athletic teams, and occasionally meet for fdlowship.
Men at First Baptist Church have ^so helped the Afiican
American students at Soutii Meek , by organizing some of tiie
“The young men over at First Baptist set up pre^ams for
them to participate in every first and third Saturday,” Sharpe
said. “They try to hold activities tiiat promote unity” One
of those activities was a recent college field trip to South
Carolina State Univs^ty where the young men got to explore
college life first hand.
John McMLchad, the club president, said Males Committed to
C3iai^ is sorely needed at South Meek, even though there are
chapters at Vance and Myers Park high schools.
“Here we’re like a minority there’s no clubs for us, all they
think we can do is play sports, that’s it,” McMichael said. ‘This
club helps prepare us for college, Fm goir^ to Nortii Carolina
A&T to m^or in Mechanical Engineering.”
Having a dub to call their own is very important to students
hke Keith Faulkner, the dub secretary
“It’s made a pretty big change in the way I approach school,”
Faulkner said. “You see young guys that you go to school with
and you try to focias their energies on doing something positive.”
Treasurer Donte Williams agreed.
‘Tt helps further ourselves in sdiod so we won’t be out doing
random things,” he said “We’ve done tutorials to get some peo
ple’s grades up. We did something like a grade sheet and you
don’t want to get called out in finnt of your fiiends so its kind of
a competition.” The dub does have a firm standard that its
members must adhere to. Every young man who becomes a
member of MC2 must maintain a 2.5 grade point averse.
The sheer numbers of the group is encouraging to Vice
President Tbrrell Partlow, as he looks back over the success of
the club during the 2005-06 school year.
“Havir^ more than five people comir^ together, having a big
group of people has stuck out in my mind, the bonding has real
ly stuck out in my mind,” Partlow said. “Next year I’d likp to see
more programs held by us to raise money to go on another trip
on agenda at N.C.
By Cynthia Dean
THE TRIANGlf TRIBUNE
RALEIGH - People of color had their say at North Carolina’s
The first People of Color Legislative Day was held May 23 at
the Legislative Building. The POC is made up of the North
Carolina NAACP Branch, the N.C. Assodation of Community
Development Corporations, the THangle Urban League, the
Women of Color Coalition and other grassroots organizations
partidpating in the joint effort.
Organizers deemed the day a success with an estimate of
about 350 partidpants. Many attendees met early that Tuesday
morning at First Baptist Church on Wilmingtori Street and
thai marched to the Legislative Building.
A press conference was held, where NAACP President Rev.
William Barbour laid out the major points of the agenda.
The six priority topics were: housing and economic develop
ment, criminal and economic justice, education, health care,
votary rights and violence g^ainst women.
One of the most discussed issues was raising the state’s mini
mum wage and securing a hvtng wage. The group supports rais-
it^ the minimum wage to $6. They ultimately want to see a liv
ing wage with regular increases tied to an inflation index.
Barbour said a living wage is a framework to improve the
quality of fife for all people.
House member Jean Farmer Butterfield (D-Edgecombe
Coimty) told partidpants that she supports what they support.
“It (wage increase) is good for the worker, the employer and for
the economy,” Butterfield said. “A fair day’s pay for a fair day’s
In the area of education, the coalition wants full funding of the
Leandro Court decision that mandates the state to fund aH
imderachieving schools. The court dedsion concludes that all
children in North Carolina deserve a quality education provid
ed by the public school systen.
POC members endorse House Bill 529 that places a two-year
moratoririm on aH executions until fiirther studies about the
process are completed.
Conedning the issue of voting rights, the coalition hopes to
see its legislative representatives vote in favor of House Bill 851.
The bin enacts a same-day registration law that permits a per
son who misses the registration cutoff date to go to a one-stop
voting prednet. The group also requests that more state dollars
go toward assisting victims of domestic violence, including edu-
catiem and prevention programs
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