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Weirton’s Black community feeling neglected by city officials

A group representing Weirton's African American community gathered Saturday in the Dunbar Recreation Center, discussing feelings of disrespect from the city administration. Taking part were, from left, Earleen Jones, president of the board of directors for the Dunbar Center; the Rev. Rudy McAllister, of Mount Olive Baptist Church; Rickey Thompson; the Rev. Darrell Cummings, of Shiloh Apostolic Faith Assembly; and Latisha Cummings, church administrator at Shiloh Apostolic.

WEIRTON — Representatives of Weirton’s African American community say they are feeling disrespected by city officials over what they say has been a breakdown in communication and an unwillingness to discuss their concerns.

A few members of the city’s Black community gathered Saturday afternoon at the Dunbar Recreation Center, on Weir Avenue, to discuss their concerns, noting they and the city had agreed last June to have regular meetings, but recently those meetings have been put on hold.

“We were having meetings with the mayor, the city manager, a portion of council,” the Rev. Darrell Cummings, of Shiloh Apostolic Faith Assembly, explained.

Rickey Thompson, who said he was among those who organized the original meetings, said he feels their concerns are being unheard.

“We just want to be treated fairly and with respect,” Thompson said.

The Rev. Rudy McAllister, of Mount Olive Baptist Church, agreed, saying there have been numerous discussions on a variety of topics over the years.

“We’ve always gotten promises,” McAllister said. “It just seems like we’re getting neglected.”

When contacted Saturday afternoon, Mayor Harold Miller said he still wants to hold the meetings.

“We still plan on scheduling them,” he said, adding he wants to be able to have a clear agenda in order to tackle their concerns.

(A full article will appear in Monday’s edition)

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