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THE GREENSBORO TIMES Greensboro, North Carolina


Free Vol. 2 No. 4


The African-American Voice-“Setting the Record Straight” greensborotimesonline.com


Early Voting for May 8th 2018 Primary Election Begins On Thursday April 19th


BY NATHANIEL MARSHALL BY BARRINGTON M. SALMON April 2018


© Copyright 2018 The Greensboro Times


Further from the Dream than ever?


Martin Luther King Statue Beverly Hunt, a Washington, D.C.-based Avery Crump Tijuana Hayes Skip Alston Adam Coker William “BJ” Levette Early voting for this year’s 2018


Primary Elections begins on Thursday, April 19. Notable candidates running for office include Avery Crump, Skip Alston, Tijuana Hayes, Adam Coker and William “BJ” Levette. Guilford County Judge, Avery Crump, resigned her position as Judge to run for the Guilford County District Attorney’s Office. If elected she will be the first African- American in Guilford County to serve as District Attorney. As a judge she was known for being fair and believes in equal justice for all. Guilford County Commissioner Melvin “Skip” Alston joined the Board last year to fill the empty District 8 seat vacated by former County Commissioner Ray Trapp. Trapp resigned to accept a job offer from North Carolina A&T State University. Alston first served as County Commissioner from 1992 to 2012. His platform includes economic development and jobs that pay a livable


Early Voting > page 12 Melissa Harville-Lebron and her sons Eric and Enico Lebron


Melissa Harville-Lebron never imagined that her entrepreneurial pursuits and ambitions would lead her to make history as the first African American woman to solely own a race team licensed by NASCAR. Harville-Lebron, a 47-year-old single mother raising her three biological children as well as her siblings’ four kids, started her career in the entertainment industry as an intern at Sony Music. In 2005, she launched her own music label while working for New York City’s Department of Correction office. Nearly a decade later, she suffered from a severe asthma attack that forced her into early retirement and inspired her to take the risk of launching a multifaceted entertainment company, W.M. Stone Enterprises Inc., in


public relations professional, considers herself to be the eternal optimist, but when she stops to consider the state of Africans in America, she has to fight back despair and exasperation.In too many spaces where Black people reside, she said, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream of justice, social and economic equality, fairness and lives free from racial animus are far-off goals. Ms. Hunt has lived in the Washington metropolitan area for 34 years.“From a social justice perspective, Dr. King would be discouraged. We’re under siege—it’s like the Reconstruction Period all over again. We had the nerve to aspire to the highest office in the land and now we’re paying for it,” she said.“We’ve gone backwards and we don’t seem to have the same fortitude as Black people in the past. It’s almost as if we’re afraid. We’re tippy toeing around, scared and being made to feel that what we truly think and express is radical. Luckily, young people are leading us.” When the nation’s voters


Barack Obama


elected Barack Hussein Obama president in 2008, political pundits and experts declared his ascension to America’s highest office was a sure sign that the U.S. was “post-racial.” But throughout his two terms, and even moreso since his successor took office, pervasive racial animus and overt hostility is irrefutable evidence of the deep divide between Blacks and Whites and a cancer that continues to spread. For the 13 months since he entered the White House, Donald Trump has prided himself on being the “chaos’ president. He has insulted President Obama routinely, called Black football players who dared, kneel or sit during the National Anthem in protest of inequality and police brutality “sons of bitches.” And he has verbally abused a succession of Black women, including Reps. Maxine Waters and Frederica Wilson as well as former National Security Advisor Susan Rice and sportscaster Jemele Hill. Critics say Trump’s policies and executive orders are racist, discriminatory and steadily eroding hard-earned civil rights and other economic, political and judicial gains. His attorney general has relaxed the monitoring and investigation of police brutality and


Further From the Dream > page 4


Meet Melissa Harville-Lebron: The First Black Woman to Own a NASCAR Team


BY SELENA HILL


2014. Harville-Lebron says her journey into auto racing began unexpectedly when she took her sons to a NASCAR experience event at Charlotte Super Speedway in hopes of deterring them from taking up such a dangerous hobby. Instead, the experience only piqued her sons’ interests and eventually led to her investing hundreds of thousands of dollars to develop her own team. “I got invited to a NASCAR experience and I brought my boys along thinking that it would discourage them from driving,” she told Black Enterprise. But “it did not work that way.” They drove 149 mph and 150 mph during their first session and loved every minute of it while she watched in awe. Nonetheless, seeing the passion and joy that her sons had for racing compelled Harville-Lebron to want to help them follow their heart. However, as she explored the sport’s history, she noticed its notorious lack of diversity. There were little to no drivers of color, let alone an owner. That motivated her all the more to fill the gap. She created E2 Northeast Motorsports under the umbrella of W.M. Stone Enterprises, Inc. The E2 Northeast Motorsports team became the first multicultural team to race competitively in NASCAR, with four black and Latino drivers — two in the camping world truck series and two in NASCAR’s Whelen All-American Series. Two of the drivers are brothers and Harville-Lebron’s sons, Eric and Enico. Besides making history, Harville-Lebron celebrated another victory on Feb. 16, when her team ran its first official race in the Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) at Daytona. Scott Stenzel started the race in an E2 Northeast Motorsports Chevrolet,


NASCAR > page 4


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