By Richard L. Williams

There are certain days that are destined to be immortalized in the annals of history:
On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier when he played his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of Brown v. Board of Education.
On Oct. 16, 1995, an estimated 850,000 African American men gathered in Washington, D.C., at the Million Man March.
Nov. 4, 2008, Barack Hussein Obama was elected as the first African American president of the United States of America.
On Jan. 20, 2009, President-Elect Obama was sworn in as the first African American president of the United States.
You can now add Nov. 6, 2018, to that list.
That was the day that voters in eight of North Carolina’s largest counties of Buncombe, Cumberland, Durham, Mecklenburg, Pitt, Wake – and, of course, Forsyth and Guilford – all elected African Americans to the position of sheriff.


Guilford County Sheriff-Elect Danny Rogers

Guilford County Sheriff-Elect Danny Rogers’ law enforcement background, personal experiences and educational background have afforded him a unique perspective to view the criminal justice system through the lens of both the law enforcement officer working to keep the community safe and the average resident striving to be a productive member of the community.
Those experiences helped Rogers develop a respect for law enforcement and a passion for helping others. Rogers has worked as both a sworn and non-sworn law enforcement officer in Guilford County. He has served with the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office as a detention officer and as a deputy sheriff in roles that include vice and undercover operations. He has worked as a police officer with the High Point Police Department.
In the private sector, Rogers is a small business owner of two successful companies. He built a contract janitorial services/landscaping business from the ground up along with being the proprietor of a successful restaurant/food truck business.
A native of Guilford County, Rogers was born in High Point where he was raised by a single mother, and has lived in the community for more than 50 years. He now resides in nearby Jamestown.
At the age of 10, his first job was working a paper route. He spent many hours at the local Carl Chavis YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club and benefited from having mentors such as Fred Wright Sr., his Boy Scout Leader; and Hank Wall, the founder of Brothers Organized to Serve Others. Both were major influences in his life and helped him understand the concept, “It takes a village to raise a child.”
Rogers, 54, graduated from Southwest Guilford High School. He has a Master of Science degree in criminal justice leadership and executive management from Walden University, a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from ECPI University, and an associate degree in theology from Team Works Bible College.
He is chairman of the Carl Chavis Memorial YMCA board and a board member of the Sherri Jackson Foundation. He also is a member of the High Point YMCA Association, the High Point Arts Council, Community in Schools of High Point and Furniture Land Rotary of High Point.
He is married to Dr. Ruthie Rogers and the couple has six children. He is a member of Love and Faith Christian Fellowship.
“Firs, I would like to thank God who is first and foremost in my life,” Rogers says. “I would like to thank my mother for all her love and guidance in raising me to be the man that I am today. I would like to thank the love of my life, my wife Dr. Ruthie Rogers, for being my rock and my foundation. I would like to thank my children and the rest of my family for their love and support throughout the years.
“I would like to thank Pastor (Michael) Thomas and my church family at Love and Faith for their prayers, love and my spiritual foundation,” he adds. “Last, I cannot say thank you enough to the voters of Guilford County. You all showed up and showed out to the tune of 104,243 votes. Like the songwriter said, ‘If I had 10,000 tongues I couldn’t thank you enough.’ I thank you all for trusting me to bring a positive change to the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office. I vow to keep God first, surround myself with smart, honest, dedicated professionals and work with other local law enforcement agencies to keep Guilford County safe.”



North Carolina now has 20 African American sheriffs among it 100 counties, believed to be the largest number of black sheriffs at one time ever in the state. That number was reached after a record eight were African American were elected to the office on November 6.



Quentin Miller
Buncombe County sheriff-elect

Ennis W. Wright
Cumberland County sheriff-elect


Ennis W. Wright
Cumberland County sheriff-elect

Garry McFadden
Mecklenburgh County sheriff-elect

Major Paula Dance
Pitt County sheriff-elect

Gerald Baker
Wake County sheriff-elect