The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, to Transition from President of the North Carolina NAACP State Conference to Join Leadership of the Poor People's Campaign Call for a National Moral Revival
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Dontae Sharpe has been incarcerated since the age of 19. He has now spent 22 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Experts have called Dontae's case a "textbook wrongful conviction". Dontae was convicted of a murder connected to a drug buy in 1994 but the case quickly fell apart.
The prosecution's key witness recanted her testimony within two months of the trial. The witness admitted that she felt pressure from police to lie at trial, and that she received rewards for doing so, from police beforehand.
Secondly, a former Detective on the case admits that Dontae Sharpe was wrongfully accused and prosecuted. The former Detective admits that selective-documentation of evidence at trial, meaning that all available evidence was not presented at trial. Highly-likely alternative suspects were never pursued by police. Additionally, alibi witnesses for Dontae Sharpe were never interviewed by police.
Dontae has spent over half of his life behind bars because he maintains his innocence. If he'd confessed to the crime he was convicted of he would be home today. Join the NC NAACP and Color Of Change in calling on North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, Attorney General Josh Stein and Pitt County District Attorney Kimberly Robb to #FreeDontaeSharpe.
The NC NAACP will march for Dontae's freedom on this Friday, May 5th, begining at 3:30 pm. The march will begin at Town Commons Park, 105 East 1st St, Greenville, to District Attorney Kimberly Robb’s office at the Greenville Courthouse, 100 West 3rd St, Greenville.
Please visit the links below to sign the petition for Dontae's freedom, view additional event info, and listen to the Sharpe Family and Rev. Barber give a full overview of Dontae's case.
Click here to Sign the Petition
Caravan for Justice #FreeDontaeSharpe
Click here to RSVP on Facebook
Click here to sign the NAACP & Color of Change petition to #FreeDontaeSharpe
To find out more information about this important event, join us for a
conference call TONIGHT, Tuesday, April 11th at 8:30 p.m.
Call-in (530) 881-1212
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Gather at the First Missionary Baptist Church
403 Caswell St. Smithfield, NC
We will travel together to the Johnston Correctional Institution for a news conference at 1:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Caravan for Justice from Smithfield to Raleigh
Gather at Bicentennial Mall
1 E. Edenton St. Raleigh, NC 27601
We will hold a news conference followed by a march to the offices of Governor Cooper and Attorney General Stein
The NC NAACP and WIN Committee are excited to inform you about the upcoming WIN Brunch and the 62nd Annual Woman/ Mother of the Year Coronation scheduled for Saturday, May 6, 2017. The Coronation will be held in Lee County at the First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, located at 240 Fields Drive in Sanford, North Carolina, where the presiding Pastor is the Rev. Dr. Thomas E. Smith Sr. Our featured speaker is former Ohio State Senator Ms. Nina Turner.Read more
Today, the North Carolina NAACP, Freedom Center for Social Justice, Southerners on New Ground (SONG), Many Voices, Equality North Carolina, the Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice, the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) issued a joint statement following North Carolina's shameful new legislation that is falsely being called a “repeal” of the discriminatory HB2 law.
“We call on the NCAA to oppose this shameful HB 2.0 bill in North Carolina, and not to reward lawmakers who have passed this so-called ‘deal’ which is an affront to the values we all hold. This bill is still anti-worker and anti-LGBTQ. It violates all basic principles of diversity, inclusion and basic civil rights. Fundamentally, any moratorium on civil rights is not a compromise, it is a contradiction with the principle of equal protection under the law and our moral values.”
This statement was cosigned by: Dr. William Barber, North Carolina NAACP President; Bishop Tonyia Rawls, Freedom Center for Social Justice Co-Director, Paulina Hernandez, Southerners on New Ground Co-Director, Melissa McQueen, NC State Faith Organizer for Many Voices, Chris Sgro, Equality NC Executive Director; Amanda Barbee, Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice, Chair; Mara Keisling, NCTE Executive Director; and Chad Griffin, HRC President.Read more