History

Rogers Road (Before Rogers Road Was Cool)

As someone who has worked with the Rogers Road neighborhood for many years, it really upsets me when I hear some of the criticism lobbed at our local elected officials over the issue of justice for the Rogers Road neighborhood.  It’s true that some of our elected leaders have sought to sweep the issue of landfill compensation under the rug.  But some elected officials in both Chapel Hill and Carrboro have worked hard on these issues for a long time. So let's not paint everyone with the same brush.  
 
The Landfill Compensation Working Group 
 
In 1996 and 1997, a group of elected officials (including me, then a Chapel Hill Council-member) and residents of the Rogers Road community recommended a list of 14 compensation items that our local governments owed to the neighbors of the landfill.  This list was a result of inclusive facilitated meetings of the Landfill Compensation Working Group (as the committee of neighbors and officials was known).
 
Showdown at the Assembly of Governments Corral 
 
The Assembly of Governments met on October 30, 1997 to discuss the LCWG's recommendations.

Content within the Bounds of Reason

Could there ever be any semblance of justice for any of Orange County's Native Americans? Perhaps.

Before the Europeans

I am not an archeologist or anthropologist, but it is clear from historical records that the area that is today Orange County was inhabitted by Native Americans long before the advent of Europeans.  The closely related Eno (a.k.a. Occaneechi or Sapponi) and Saxapahaw (a.k.a. Sissipehaw) people lived throughout the Haw and Eno River valleys.  There were numerous Native American villages in this area, but there was a particularly prominent village called Acconeechy (or Occaneechi) on essentially the same site that is now Hillsborough.

A Commemoration of the Life of Bob Sheldon

Internationalist Books and Community Center founder, Bob Sheldon, was fatally shot twenty
years ago on February 21. The current volunteers, managers, and members are having a
special celebration to celebrate his life and the impact he made and continues to make on
our community.

Please join us in celebrating this inspirational man's life and work! Monday, February
21, 2011 at 6:30pm, gather at Interationalist Books and Community Center at 405 W
Franklin St in Chapel Hill. Our program includes sharing of memories, food, music, a
march to the location of the old store (with friends from Cakalak Thunder) & a candle
light vigil. We will also present The Bob Sheldon Award, created to honor those who live
life as Bob did; in the pursuit of social equality & justice. This year we honor Reverend
Kerry Bigelow & Mr. Clyde Clark of the Sanitation 2.

Date: 

Monday, February 21, 2011 -
1:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Internationalist Books and Community Center 405 W Franklin St

Bob Sheldon Day

Please join the Internationalist Books and Community Center in remembering Bob Sheldon, the founder of the store, who was murdered 20 years ago. 

Date: 

Monday, February 21, 2011 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Internationalist Books & Community Center, 405 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill

Documentary about the naming of Martin Luther King Boulevard

Zoiks, I only just learned about this and have apparently already missed one of today's two airings on The People's Channel.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the town of Chapel Hill will air a documentary about the renaming of Airport Rd.

Monday at noon and 7 p.m. Chapel Hillians can follow the process of how the town’s Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard came to be. The film includes the entire dedication as well as the various ceremonial activities associated with the event.

The film features speeches by former Mayor Kevin Foy, United Methodist Reverend Jill Edens, late Council Member Bill Thorpe and former president of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP president Fred Battle. Their powerful words are underscored by the music of the J.R. Manley Essence of God Youth Choir and the St. Joseph Male Chorus.

The 2005 spring day highlighted by the film marked Dr. King’s 45th anniversary visit to Chapel Hill. Monday, the town will celebrate Dr. King’s birthday for the 26th time. 

Chapel Hill was one of the first communities in North Carolina to declare Martin Luther King Jr. Day a municipal holiday. 

The film will air twice on Chapel Hill TV 18. 

- 1360wchl.com:  Chapel Hill To Air Film About MLK Jr. Boulevard, 01/17/11 

Date: 

Monday, January 17, 2011 - 2:00pm

Location: 

The Peoples Channel

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