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Stanley Green Bereavement Announcement

by OIC News on 07/21/16

Stanley Green, Jr.


The Board of Directors, Staff and Family of the Rocky Mount OIC mourns the loss of one of our founders and leaders, the late Stanley Green, Jr. Mr. Green was one of the founders of Rocky Mount OIC and served as our Board Chairman (1974-1986), Vice-Chairman, Treasurer and Fundraising Chairman. 


OIC of America awarded the OIC Torch-Bearer Award to Mr. Green for his outstanding and untiring years of service in the work of OIC organizations and was the first North Carolina resident to receive this award. Mr. Green was recognized along with other notable leaders such as Vernon Jordan, Dick Gregory, Benjamin Hooks, Andrew Young, Shirley Chisholm and Joseph Lowery. His impact on the growth of the Rocky Mount OIC will forever live in the history of our organization. Under his chairmanship, partnerships were formed to assist in the development of the OIC programs with Edgecombe Community College and J P Stevens, a multinational textile manufacturer. While he was chair, the OIC Beauty Pageant, OIC Annual Labor Day Tennis Tournament and the OIC Annual Business & Industry Appreciation Banquet were formed and prospered. Mr. Green always attended OIC of America’s National Convocation to represent Rocky Mount in order to bring back ideas that would help our economy and organization grow.


While in Rocky Mount, Mr. Green was the Assistant Vice President of Peoples Bank and Trust Company. He later moved to Raleigh, NC to assume the role of Vice-President and City Executive for Mechanics and Farmers Bank.  Wherever Mr. Green traveled, the OIC motto “helping people help themselves” remained in his heart and was always reflected in his work.


Homegoing services will be observed at 12:00 noon Saturday July 23, 2016 at St. Paul AME Church, 402 W. Edenton Street, Raleigh, North Carolina preceded by an 11:00am visitation. Interment will follow at Raleigh Memorial Park.


by OIC News on 07/13/16


Unspoken Truth about HIV/AIDS

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Despite progress in the medical and social stigma realms, black North Carolinians are still suffering at staggering rates from HIV and AIDS. Bridgett Luckey and Drs. Allison Mathews and Adaora Adimora discuss how to continue and increase the fight against this terrible medical phenomenon. BIF intern Ayana Sadler also takes us to a 2BeatHIV event in Durham for more information about HIV research.

      OIC Graduation

      by OIC News on 06/24/16

      Graduates complete OIC program

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      Opportunities Industrialization Center graduate Briuna Johnson smiles with her classmates Thursday at the conclusion of the commencement exercises at the center.


      By Corey Davis
      Staff Writer

      Friday, June 24, 2016

      A loud ovation was given by the crowd after 22 graduates of the Opportunities Industrialization Center’s 2016 graduation class turned their tassels to signify them receiving their General Education Diploma certificates Thursday in the historic Booker T. Washington High School auditorium.

      Jerry Harper, director of college and career readiness at Edgecombe Community College, said the turning of the tassels is a sign of the graduates moving from a candidate to graduate.

      “The turning of the tassel represents the turning of a page in one’s life and a rite of passage,” he said.

      Charles Washington, director of education services at OIC, said he has high admiration for the graduates who participated in the organization’s 10th graduation ceremony. 

      “This is the best graduation we have ever had,” Washington said. 

      Mahongany Bryant,one of the OIC graduates, told the audience about her journey to academic achievement. Bryant said her goals were to create a positive image for her family, be a role model for her children and build a solid foundation for a career. She added that by doing those things, it would improve her overall self-esteem.

      Bryant said her career goal is to be a certified sign language instructor and help her 19-year-old son, who suffers with hearing impairment. 

      “I’m hoping and believing that my children, by witnessing my struggles, that they understand the importance of staying in school,” she said.

      N.C. Sen. Erica Smith-Ingram, D-Northampton, gave the commencement address. Reuben Blackwell, president and chief executive officer of OIC, credited Ingram for working to keep the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools split from happening. 

      Ingram related this year’s theme of “Planting the Seeds to Success and Preparing for a Great Harvest” to the late boxing icon Muhammad Ali.

      “There was a time when the enemy called you a dropout, said you had no future and you weren’t going anywhere,” Ingram said. “But because of your hard work and your labor to complete your studies, you now can answer that you’re the greatest. However, as you move forward, you have to understand that like Ali, successful people have the confidence that they will be successful.”

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