Ayisha McMillan was a drive, pioneering, and accomplished African-American ballerina with North Carolina Dance Theatre; however, an injury put her in the wings permanently. But she has become part of the Theatre's core as the principal of the newly reorganized dance school.
On the state’s political and economic backburner for many decades was small towns. In response to the ensued crisis was Governor Cooper’s initiative, Hometown Strong. This program, facilitating cooperation between state agencies and local leaders, identifies and implements plans that may address issues such as job skills training, internet access, small business startup, infrastructure, and representation in state government.