Rocky Mount Race Relations

From its humble beginnings as #rockymound to earning a “Best Main Street in the Making” honor, Rocky Mount's race relations have blossomed over the last century and a half, creating a great environment to live, work and raise a family.

Historic Facts & Famous People You May Not Know About

Facts About Rocky Mount NC

What do President Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr and Jack Kerouac have in common? All of them have a place in Rocky Mount, NC history. The comforting rattle of the train beckons young and old alike to close their eyes and remember the past in order to embrace a brighter future. Are you aware of some of these lesser-known Rocky Mount facts? 

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Know Your Rights Event in Rocky Mount, NC

Know Your Rights Rocky Mount, NC

 Members of the Rocky Mount Police Department referred to them as the three Cs, and they are important to remember when approached by an officer: be courteous, cooperative and compliant. These three Cs were the focus of a local "Know Your Rights" forum that captured the attention of both the The Los Angeles Times  and The News and Observer .  If you are pulled over by a cop, do you know your rights?  Read more to find out and watch video highlights from the popular and important community event.

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Rocky Mount, NC: Where Barbecue is a Tasty Tradition

Barbcue is dangerously good in rock mount

In North Carolina, it’s not polite to discuss the following subjects : politics, your favorite shade of basketball blue and barbecue. If you do have the courage to approach these subjects, be ready for a fierce debate—particularly concerning the Eastern vs. Western North Carolina barbecue. The debate may never be settled, but residents of Rocky Mount, NC recently got to sample some of the best pork in the BBQ biz at the Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down.

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Eight Famous People From Rocky Mount, North Carolina

North Carolina has produced its share of famous individuals. But did you know that several of them have come from our very own Rocky Mount? These men and women have made significant contributions to American culture and education. 

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Martin Luther King Jr.'s Rocky Mount, NC Connection

"I have a dream." There are many who believe Dr. King first used this phrase in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Find out more here!

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Sowing The Seeds of Community Wellness: Rocky Mount Chaplain Honored

Fighting Rocky Mount Area Poverty

During his time as pastor of Conetoe Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Joyner found that he was presiding over far too many funerals. In one year alone, 30 congregants under the age of 32 died. “It just started to feel unconscionable that you would see someone 100 pounds overweight on Sunday and not say anything about it. Then they’d die of a heart attack.”

See how he's turning all of that around.


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Rocky Mount, NC Race Relations: Women Of A New Tribe

Rocky Mount Race Relations: Women Of A New Tribe

This season the Maria V. Howard Arts Center welcomed a traveling exhibition celebrating the spiritual and physical beauty of Black Women: Women of a New Tribe. The 12 local women portrayed by famed photographer, Jerry Taliaferro, represent the Black American Woman in many of her social and physical manifestations. Each woman photographed has made a significant impact on the great city of Rocky Mount, NC.



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Harambee: A Tradition of Positive Race Relations in Rocky Mount, NC

Positive Race Relations in Rocky Mount, NC

The call of the fisherman may not be heard in Rocky Mount, North Carolina,  but the spirit of Harambee echoes through the streets with jazz, traditional drums, and a spirit of community during the city’s annual Harambee Festival.

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