University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Charleston shooting suspect Dylann Roof is escorted from the Shelby Police Department in Shelby, N.C. on Thursday, June 18, 2015. After a massive manhunt, police apprehended Roof during a traffic strop in Shelby, N.C. after receiving a tip from a motorist.
Roof entered Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC on June 17, 2015 and quietly sat through around an hour of bible study before pulling out a pistol and killing nine people. Joey Meek, a friend of Roof, told The associated Press that Roof had drunkenly complained that "blacks were taking over the world" and "someone needed to do something about it for the white race." Roof faces state and federal charges including nine murder counts, hate crimes, and obstruction of the practice of religion.
Arielle Morgan comforts her son Dominique, 2, with a sippy cup after he fell while playing in the living room in Durham, N.C. on October 15, 2015. Morgan lives with her mother as they both raise there two eight year old daughters and her son together as single mothers.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, one in four children under the age of 18 are being raised without a father and nearly half (45%) live below the poverty line. Arielle says that it would have been impossible for her to take on the responsibility of raising her daughter on her own at age 16, especially because of her daughters medical bills. Both mothers believe that staying together and raising their children together has transformed their relationship from mother-daughter to roommates and allowed them to handle the financial burdens of being single parents.
18 month-old Zyhier Gregory is lifted up by his uncle Derrick Conor to shoot a basket while playing basketball with his family in Freedom Park in Charlotte, N.C. on Saturday, June 13, 2015. Zyhier's father Darius Gregory says that Zyhier is learning to play basketball on his Fisher-Price basketball goal at home.
Creighton Lovelace, pastor of Danieltown Baptist Church in Forest City, N.C., believes that the confederate flag has strong religious ties and can be traced back to religion throughout southern history. The decades long debate was renewed recently following the racially motivated shootings of nine African-Americans in a Charleston Church. The argument over the flag remains highly debatable as many citizens claim the flag represents a history of hate and racism, while others claim that it is a symbol of their heritage.
Marques Nash comforts his daughter Demi after a long day of visiting friends and family in Matthews, N.C. on Sunday, May 5, 2015. Nash has an informal custody agreement with Demi's mother which allows them to share the responsibility of caring for her. Fatherhood has given him a new purpose in life outside of his desire to become a musician.
Claudia Lacy visits her son Lennon Lacy's grave in Bladenboro, N.C. on Sunday, December 14, 2014. The grave was vandalized shortly after his burial.
At 7:30 AM on Friday, August 29, 12 hours before his high school football game, Lennon Lacy was found hanging from a swing set nearly a quarter mile from his home. His mother was led to the trailer park where she saw Lacy's body in a black body bag with what she describes as scratches and abrasions on his face.
Five days after Lennon Lacy's body was found, the local police and detectives from the state bureau of investigation concluded there was no evidence of foul play, but details from the investigation didn't add up. The family questioned the abrasions on his body and the unrecognizable shoes he was wearing that were two and a half sizes too small. The family, along with the NAACP, asked the FBI to join the investigation.
Jordan High School's Chris Braswell sits alone in the locker room as the team listens to their coach during halftime against Hillside High School in Durham, N.C. on Thursday, January 30, 2015. The team lost in overtime in the first round of playoffs after going 20-3 in the regular season.