March for Science: Remarks by Enrique Gómez

On Saturday April 22, 2017, over 2,000 people gathered for a March for Science in Asheville, NC, which was a part of over 600 such marches across the world to support science and policies informed by science. Dr. Enrique Gómez, president of the Jackson County branch and professor of physics and astronomy addressed the marchers with these words. I come

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Black History Theater in Morning Star Baptist

Jackson County NAACP is bringing its fourth Black History Theater to Bryson City on Saturday, February, 20. All Swain, Macon and Jackson County people are invited to attend the 10:45 am program, immediately following the 10:00 am February Membership Meeting. The event will be hosted by Morning Star Baptist Church at 56 Morning Star Drive. * Attendees are invited to

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The Flag of Southern Reconciliation

Flag of Southern Reconciliation

“Across the South, we have a deep appreciation of history – we haven’t always had a deep appreciation of each other’s history.” Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney (1973-2015) I’ve been driving around my hometown of Sylva as of late and have seen many men driving around in pickups flying the “Confederate” flag. Recently, President Obama visited Oklahoma and was greeted by

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It’s in the blood: why our need to protest has a biological basis.

Winston-Salem March for Voting Rights 2015

I joined over 6000 people at the rally and march for voter rights in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, yesterday. This was organized by the NC NAACP to coincide with the opening of the court case against the 2013 voter law that fundamentally changed the way people vote in this state and arguably was structured to discourage people of color, people of

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Flags and songs that bring us together or tear us apart

The flag of post-apartheid South Africa integrates the colors of the African National Congress, Dutch Tricolor, Union, and Transvaal vierkleur. Can we raise a unifying flag over the American South?

Have you ever heard the national anthem of South Africa? It’s an amazing piece that integrates five languages (Xhosa, Zulu, Sesotho, Afrikaans and English) and the anthems of the black liberation movement (“Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika”) and the former white-dominated regime (“Die Stem van Suid-Afrika”). I believe it’s the only national anthem that begins and ends in different keys. Listening to

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Charleston, South Carolina, Emanuel AME Church Shooting

The Jackson County Branch of the NAACP joins our president Cornell Brooks in expressing outrage over the killing of the innocent parishioners of the Emanuel AME Church yesterday. This is a clear act of terrorism against African American churches and our communities, and we hope that the perpetrator will be brought to justice. Please read the statement of our own

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