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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Rev. William Barber, president of the NC State Conference of the NAACP, will be the keynote speaker during the first Faith Community Rally in Support of Pardons of Innocence for The Wilmington 10 tomorrow. The rally is scheduled for 7 p.m. at St. Stephen’s AME Church at 501 Red Cross Street in Wilmington.

The Faith Community Rally, which will also feature members of the Wilmington Ten, is cosponsored by the Wilmington 10 Pardons of Innocence Project Local Advisory Committee and the New Hanover County NAACP, in association with the national Wilmington 10 Pardons of Innocence Project. It is the latest in a long series of planned events to build local and national support to secure individual pardons of innocence for the Wilmington 10 this year.

The Wilmington 10 were a group of youths sent to prison in the 1970s after a grocery store burned during a 1971 race riot. The seven survivors and relatives of three dead members filed petitions for pardons last month with Gov. Bev Perdue’s office.

Wilmington 10 leader Benjamin Chavis and nine others were freed when a federal appeals court overturned their convictions in 1980. Chavis later became executive director of the NAACP. He says North Carolina’s politics and history 40 years after their convictions make this the right time to seek pardons.

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tweety12
2016 years 2 months ago

Tom,there are pardons in the U.S.every year.What race card are you talking about.When you have nothing to say???????????? lets throw out anything.I am glad you said might Tom because, we don’t know.

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SurfCityTom
2016 years 2 months ago

but at least for once, it will be about a topic other than the downtown, river front albatross.

Question 1: did they do the crime?

Question 2: were lives lost or injured as a result of their actions?

Question 3: if property was damaged, did they make restitution?

Question 4: why is race an issue here? Would whites be extended the same pardons under the same circumstances?

When all else fails, throw out the race card.

Question 5: why not come into the present and focus on the issues of today? Why not get into the neighborhoods which are… Read more »

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tweety12
2016 years 2 months ago

guest857,no they didn’t.One or two maybe,besides you can not compare that area then to the area now totally different.If you speak it, get it right.

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Guest857
2016 years 2 months ago

Funny, the Wilmington 10 came from the same hood that produced the maggots that killed a hard working food delivery man; Ate the food he delivered; Returned to rob him. We need to get rid of scum in our good city!

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Guest2020
2016 years 2 months ago

They got off on a technicality. They don’t deserve a pardon.

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