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Vi Lyles Makes History As Charlotte’s First Black Female Mayor


The African-American Voice-“Setting the Record Straight”

November 2017

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Native Americans explain why “Thanksgiving” holiday is celebration of genocide


Vi Lyles became the first black women elected

mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina. Image: On Election Day, history was made

in Charlotte, North Carolina, as Democrat Vi Lyles, who has spent decades in public service as a budget official, city administrator, and city council member, easily defeated Republican City Council Member Kenny Smith to become the first African American woman to lead the Queen City. In her victory speech, she told supporters: “With this opportunity you’ve given me, you’ve proven that we are a city of opportunity and inclusiveness. You’ve proven

a woman whose father didn’t

graduate from high school can become this city’s first female African American mayor.”

Lyle’s victory places her on the

national stage after a series of huge electoral wins for the Democratic Party. Citing the milestone in this perennial battleground state, Democratic

Chairman Thomas Perez

Lyles for her “historic” victory in the Charlotte mayoral race, acknowledging that “Vi has spent more than four decades in public service” and that “we can’t wait to see what Lyles [will] accomplish.”

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National Committee congratulated

Yonasda Lonewolf

Mark Anquoa ( - As people gather at

dinner tables for home-cooked meals, family reunions and to count their blessings during the Thanksgiving holiday, Native Americans will commemorate the day too, but with a different perspective and account of their history and plight in the United States.

“We’re certainly not against giving

thanks. As indigenous people we give thanks every day ... The issue here with the Thanksgiving holiday as celebrated in the United States is that it perpetuates this myth that the wonderful Pilgrims came here from Europe and were so kind and good to the

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Native people who were here and lived happily ever after,” said Mahtowin Munro, co-leader of the United American Indians of New England.

President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving

an official U.S. holiday in 1863 but Ms. Munro said the holiday in reality has bloody roots. It was an official day was proclaimed in colonial times to give thanks that a militia had returned safely from massacring more than 700 Pequots, she said. Many of victims were elders, women and children, Ms. Munro said.

That is part of why every year, her organization holds

a National Day of Mourning in Plymouth, Mass., to honor Native ancestors and current struggles of Native people.

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Gov. Cooper signs order to help minority business contractors


CC Lamberth, CEO C-2 Contractors, LLC Keeping yet another campaign

Gov. Roy Cooper promise

from his 2016 candidacy, Gov. Roy Cooper last week issued and signed Executive Order #25 “… to create jobs and expand economic opportunity for historically underutilized businesses in North Carolina.”

The governor also used the Nov. 2 occasion to announce members of his new Governor’s

Advisory Council on Historically Underutilized Businesses, with appointments from the Triangle to the Piedmont, and beyond.

“Diverse businesses are engines for our economy and we need to encourage their growth and development,” Governor Cooper said. “We have minority business owners to thank for creating

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