Web Site Created in Support of Duke Rape Victim

Kansas City Call, May 19, 2006

The Triangle Urban League (TUL), the NC Conference of NAACP Branches, along with several black newspapers in North Carolina, are set to unveil a community-based website that allows people from across the country to express their love, support and concern for the alleged survivor in the Duke lacrosse gang rape case.

Keith Sutton, TUL president/CEO, and Dr. William Barber, NC NAACP president, will make comment on why black community leaders and the Black Press came together to provide a vehicle by which the survivor can realize that she is not alone.

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The site will feature exclusive pictures taken at the first rally for the survivor by NCCU students, in addition to a special message to “Our Sister,” and a special section where supporters and well-wishers can send messages of hope and encouragement by e-mail to be posted.

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The black newspapers – The Carolinian of Raleigh, The Carolina Times of Durham, and the Wilmington Journal – signed on to be part of the project’s “Coalition of the Concerned” because of the immense media bias against the survivor. Because Black newspapers were originally founded as vehicles of advocacy, they are required, by tradition and standard, not only to report to the African American community, to stand up for their community anytime it is under attack.

Other community-based organizations listed among the Coalition of the Concerned include the N.C. Black Leadership caucus, the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Durham and Vicinity, Andrea Harris and El-Hajj Sheik Kenneth Murray-Muhammad (who passed just this week).

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