Members of West Virginia’s Black community feel ignored by city officials

Concerned citizens express issues regarding irregular meetings with city officials

By Craig Howell, The Weirton Daily Times

WEIRTON, W.Va. — 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.

The group said their schedule would have had a meeting in December, but officials recommended waiting until after the holidays.

Since then, they said, they have been met either with unreturned phone calls or other reasons for postponement — such as the ongoing COVID pandemic…

To read more: https://www.weirtondailytimes.com/news/local-news/2021/02/members-of-weirtons-black-community-feel-ignored-by-city-officials/

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