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New Rural Project announces launch of Barbershop Conversations: Fruitful African American Discussions on Empowerment

LAURINBURG — After hosting two Front Porch Conversations (Deep Canvasses) in Laurinburg on April 30 and May 14 in partnership with the Alpha Alpha Phi Zeta Chapter of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., the New Rural Project returns to Laurinburg — launching a new partnership with Main Street Masters, C&J’s Smoove Cuts, Wizard Cuts, Veterans Barber, and Creig’s Barber Shop.

New Rural Project is excited to announce the second edition of their new program, Barbershop Conversations: Fruitful African American Discussions on Empowerment. The first F.A.D.E program launched in March in partnership with Triad Barber School of Anson County. Scotland County program co-chairs are Sheldon “Dee” Rogers (Main Street Masters) and Chris Dawson (C&J’s Smoove Cuts).

The four-part series with a focused group of 12-15 men of color, between the ages of 18-40(ish), will occur on Sundays (June 5, June 12, June 26 and July 3). Like our Anson F.A.D.E program, we will bring local community leaders, entrepreneurs and elected officials together with young Black men from Scotland County to discuss other issues important to them like entrepreneurship, the justice system, crime, voting, civic engagement, and more.

“Having so many of the Laurinburg Master Barbers wanting to be part of the conversation gives me so much hope. I’m thrilled that these gentlemen are so motivated and ready to help empower each other and their community to make a positive impact,” said Alexa Roberts, program director for the New Rural Project .


NRP is a non-partisan organization that engages young and marginalized residents in rural communities to amplify their voices through increased civic and electoral engagement. NRP works to eliminate barriers to engagement by listening to rural stakeholders and working together to develop community-driven solutions.

For more information, or to register to participate in F.A.D.E., please contact Alexa Roberts at 910-802-0188 or alexa@newruralproject.org. Participants can sign up at https://www.mobilize.us/newruralproject/event/461547/.

To learn more about the New Rural Project, you can visit newruralproject.org.

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