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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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37 Comments on "NC NAACP president to keynote Wilmington 10 rally"

2015 years 10 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.

2015 years 10 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 creating all of these thugs and thug wannabes? Get in their faces or the faces of their parents & force them to change their lifestyles while they still have the chance?

Even Bill Cosby might have a negative response on this topic.

2015 years 10 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.

2015 years 10 months ago

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

R.B. Pender
2015 years 10 months ago

Daniel Joye was married to my Grandmothers sister. He just finished supper and went out on the pourch to read the paper. He was shot by an African-American man with a rifle. The bullet went through his elbow, chest, the front of the house, a wall between the palor and kitchen. The bullet stopped in the cubbard, after smashing up the china. The bullet just missed my Aunts head as she was washing dishes. Many people where on their pourches, yet most folks didn’t see anything. He went to jail for almost twenty years. He got out before Christmas. He sent my Aunt a Christnas card saying Merry Christmas to her!!! Annoucing that he was getting out of prison. He showed up to her store buying a six pack of beer the same day he got out of prison.


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