This video provides a summary of various NAACP activities, initiatives, and lawsuits in the year of 2007. More NAACP videos can be found here.
This video provides a summary of various NAACP activities, initiatives, and lawsuits in the year of 2007. More NAACP videos can be found here.
On Saturday, February 9, some 7,000 people attended the second annual HKonJ -- Historic Thousands on Jones Street in Raleigh -- rally and march to the state capital for a progressive agenda. See www.hkonj.com for media coverage, comments of participants, photos, video clips, the text of a REPORT card on the 2007 General Assembly in response to the HKONJ agenda, and to utilize new media tools to make this moment into a large movement for change.
NAACP President William Barber's speeches and statements at HKONJ are available at www.revwilliambarber.com.
Congressman G.K. Butterfield has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate charges of prosecutorial misconduct in the case of James Johnson, a young man jailed for more than three years for a murder he did not commit. Johnson now faces bogus charges of being an accessory to the crime after the fact. Details on this and other developments in the Johnson case and other cases of racial discrimination in the criminal justice system of North Carolina can be found on our companion web site, www.ncprosecutorialmisconduct.com.
Click here to sign the petition for the dismissal of all charges against James Johnson.
At the 2008 Winter Meeting, held on Saturday, January, 26th at the historic Union Baptist Church in Durham, the candidates for governor held a debate. WRALTV has broadcast the entire debate. Watch it now. Additional Media coverage: "Four Spar in Heated Durham Debate; NAACP Event to be Broadcast Monday," News and Observer.com; "Four NC Governors' Candidates Answer NAACP Questions," Associated Press. "Forum Puts Candidates in Hot Seat," News 14.
At First Baptist Church in Chapel Hill, the Rev. Curtis Gatewood, second vice president of the NC NAACP, and daughter Desmera rap about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. NewsObserver.com posted the video.
Watch historic video clips from Dr. King's life that have been posted on YouTube.com here.
Do you know of other commemorations of Dr. King in North Carolina? Post links to articles or pictures in the comments section below.
Emphasizing that the NAACP is officially non-partisan but not non-political, NAACP President William Barber spoke to the Progressive Democrats of North Carolina's state convention in December of 2007. The loyalty must be to principles of justice. He talked about building a new progressive coalition for change in the state. "You can't put new wine in old wineskins because the old wineskins will burst and they can't maintain or hold onto the newness....You have to use new wineskins." Video clips below:
New Wine and Old Wineskins
Dr. Alma Adams, chair of the N.C. Black Legislative Caucus, and the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, president of the NC NAACP have announced that the N.C. NAACP has intervened against a mysterious lawsuit that tries to disenfranchise Black voters. They released information about the nature of the lawsuit, and the federal court’s approval of the NAACP’s Intervention at a press conference on Jan. 15, 2008 (the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)
On Christmas Eve, Rev. Dr. William Barber, president of the NC NAACP, joined with Adelante, a coalition of progressive organizations and non-profits,to advocate for educational opportunities for Latino and immigrant children and youth.
"Examining Your Financial Health Now and for the Future: Student Loans, Credit Cards, and your Credit Score" is a webinar sponsored by the North Carolina NAACP for Historically Black Colleges and Universities in North Carolina.
Fifty individuals logged in for the live broadcast of the webinar. Others attended at the four hub locations, which included Pembroke University, North Carolina State University, Duke University, and North Carolina Central University, with each hub responsible for 15 slots at each location. The U.S. Department of Education supplied an expert on student loans.
The full webcast is streamed below.
Rev. Dr. William Barber, President of the North Carolina NAACP, shares an emotional moment with James Johnson and his mother, Beverly, shortly after young Johnson's release from Wilson County jail after three years for a crime the preponderance of the evidence indicates he did not commit. (Photo courtesy of the Wilson Daily Times.)
The national NAACP has embraced the James Johnson case. On the front page of the national website is the headline, "NAACP Demands Justice for James Johnson," urging that all charges against him be dismissed. The national site includes a fact sheet, a press release and a national petition to North Carolina Governor Mike Easley.
The NC NAACP has advocated for James Johnson since last spring.
DURHAM -- State NAACP President, Dr. William J. Barber was one of five panelists discussing the implications of a recently released study on the impact of African Americans on the state’s economy, which aired in January 2008 on UNC-TV, public broadcasting.
The study, performed by John D. Kasarda, Ph.D. and James H. Johnson, Ph.D. of UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, reported that North Carolina’s African American population has grown by almost a half million between 1980 and 2004, and this growth has yielded $44.7 billion to the state’s economy through purchases and taxes. While this impact is concentrated primarily along the I-85/I-40 corridor, the black population---newcomers and returnees are represented in all 100 counties.
Al McSurely, legal redress chair of the NC NAACP, was honored with a citizen award from the North Carolina Independent for his civil rights activism, and specifically for his legal work in helping to free James Johnson from jail where he spent three years awaiting trial for a murder he did not commit. ""What Al brings to the table is a historical perspective with an almost youthful idealism," NAACP President William Barber told The Independent. "He has not lost his idealism and yet he has the historical perspective of having lived through the '60s, '70s and '80s. That means he is able to give very wise counsel."
"It's rewarding to see a white guy be as honest as he is and to understand what is taking place here," says Frank Jones, who is black and fought for James Johnson's release. "It's sad to say we don't have enough Al McSurelys to speak out when they see an injustice." Read the whole story.
Newspaper and television coverage of the NC NAACP Convention in Wilmington, October 11-13, 2007:
Introduce yourself on our new interactive web site! What do you think? Tell what you thought of the state convention in Wilmington -- what, to you, were the highlights?
In a videotaped address to the North Carolina NAACP meeting in Wilmington, NC, Duke University historian John Hope Franklin, 93, discusses the continued significance of the 1898 Wilmington riots or coup d'etat. (Videography by Jan Nichols of the North Carolina Justice Center; video editing by Jim Buie for the NC NAACP.) In the clip below,
In November 1898, armed whites marched through black sections of Wilmington, driving people out and killing some who challenged them. Whites also deposed elected black officials and took control of the city. A bill has passed in the state House to acknowledge the riot, agreeing that the state government failed to protect the citizens of North Carolina during that time. But the descendants have yet to receive any compensation for their families' loss of considerable wealth resulting from the destruction of family property.
WRAL has covered several aspects of this story:
In high school, the seniors would leave the bad food or calculus teacher to the rising seniors in their last will and testament. And although comical, oftentimes there was a grain of truth in the humor.
Legacy is what we do not tend to contemplate upon on a daily basis for it reminds us that we are not here to stay.
But our work -- what we do and what we don't do -- remain as our testament and as our legacy to our children -- our progeny for generations to come.
To build a legacy requires both commitment and involvement. We have often heard the story of the pig that provides the side of bacon as breakfast as committed, and the hen who lays the egg as involved. But a person, organization or community must first possess the will to create something of value worth leaving, thus a legacy, for those who come behind.
In its 98-year history as the oldest civil rights organization in the nation, the NAACP has built a legacy that expresses our longstanding commitment and involvement to bring about social justice in America.
Whether in urban centers, mid-size communities or rural towns, NAACP members have been the boots on the ground to bring America closer to her ideals.
As the campaign against lynching served as a rallying cry for NAACP in 1909, today's landscape calls for us to cross lines of race, class, gender, language and geography to build One North Carolina.
For it is a matter of national security that every child has a first-class education, every wage earner has a livable wage, every senior can afford medicine, every worker has rights, any student can go to college, that all of our communities are safe, and that all of us have economic parity and justice in the courts.
Throughout the decades, NAACP's living legacy has remained to be our volunteers -- both youth and adult who tirelessly work for justice in their respective communities paying the price, against the odds while accumulating principled victories.
I urge you to join your local NAACP branch in its efforts to "Build a Legacy" and use the key -- involvement -- to change outcomes, close gaps, and eradicate racism for a brighter future.
It is up to us. What kind of legacy do we want to leave our children? Hasten to answer the call.
If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
If I am not for others, what am I?
And if not now, when? -- Rabbi Hillel
Contact by email: turner at naacpnc.org (replace "at" with "a").
-- Amina Turner, executive director, North Carolina NAACP.
In light of the well-documented injustices against African Americans in the legal system, the North Carolina NAACP has launched a major campaign against prosecutorial misconduct in the state. Check it out and come back often: www.ncprosecutorialmisconduct.com
Since its inception the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was poised for a long, tumultuous and rewarding history. Although it may be possible to chronicle the challenging and harrowing legacy of the NAACP, the real story of the nation's most significant civil rights organization lies in the hearts and minds of the people who would not stand still while the rights of some of America's darker citizens were denied.
NAACP Branch Directory
COUNTY/BRANCH Office Phone Branch Address City Zip Code Email (to reduce spam from automated email harvesters, the "@" has been changed to "at").
Branch ANSON COUNTY Unit # 5362
Mail P.O Box 335 Wadesboro, NC 28170
Email donniekendall at yahoo.com
Branch ASHEVILLE / BUNCOMBE COUNTY Unit #5363
Mail P.O. Box 2881 Asheville, NC 28802
Email abnaacp at bellsouth.net
Branch BEAUFORT COUNTY Unit # 51B3
Mail P.O. Box 2153 Washington, NC 27889
Email topharrow at msn.com
Branch BERTIE COUNTY Unit # 5365
Mail 1901 Cooper Hill Rd. Windsor, NC 27983
Email Charllee1901 at aol.com
Branch BLADEN COUNTY (C.Creek) Unit # 5371
Mail P.O. Box 94 Council, NC 28434
Branch BLADEN COUNTY (W) Unit # 5468
Mail 3295 Peanut Plant Road Elizabethtown, NC 28337
Email Abullock001 at ec.rr.com
Branch BRUNSWICK COUNTY Unit #5452
Mail P.O. Box 364 Supply, NC 28462
Email bernest_naacp at yahoo.com
Branch BURLINGTON BRANCH Unit # 5368
Mail P.O. Box 2011 Burlington, NC 27216
Email Office71 at bellsouth.net
Branch BURKE COUNTY Unit #5367
Mail P.O. Box 3863 Morganton, NC 28680
Email Barbarameyers at bellsouth.net
Branch CABARRUS COUNTY Unit #5369
Mail 1413 Cooper Avenue Kannapolis, NC 28081
Email kmccl at ctc.net
Branch CALDWELL COUNTY Unit #5410
Mail 129 Northwood Drive Lenoir, NC 28645
email dulatownor at netzero.com
Branch CAMDEN COUNTY Unit # 5370
Mail 121 Long Pine Road South Mills, NC 27976
Email EOTO1971 at yahoo.com
Branch CARTERET COUNTY Unit #5478
Mail P.O. Box 915 Beaufort, NC 28516
Email ghharrison at embarqmail.com
Branch CASWELL COUNTY Unit #5372
Mail P.O. Box 1032 Yanceyville, NC 27379
Email Taylorb57ync at wmconnect.com
Branch CATAWBA COUNTY Unit #5373
Mail P.O. Box 1444 Newton, NC 28658
Email cataconaacp at charter.net
Branch CHAPEL HILL / CARRBORO (Orange County) Unit #5689
Mail 1105 Brenda Court Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Email flbattle at earthlink.net Website: http://www.chapelhill-carrboro-naacp.org/
Branch CHARLOTTE / MECKLENBURG COUNTY Unit #5376
Mail P.O. Box 480540 Charlotte, NC 28269
Email Kdwhite1 at bellsouth.net
Branch CHATHAM COUNTY Unit #5377
Mail P.O. Box 5217 Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Email LDJMTZ at aol.com
Branch CHATHAM COUNTY (West) Unit #5378
Mail P.O. Box 652 Siler City, NC 27344
Email Ibrooks at mcmutuall.fe.com
Branch CHOWAN COUNTY Unit #5572
Mail P.O. Box 981 Edenton, NC 27932
Branch CLEVELAND COUNTY Unit #5379
Mail P.O. Box 2331 Shelby, NC 28151
Email Bjulatoo at aol.com; s2degree at aol.com
Branch COLUMBUS COUNTY Unit #5380
Mail P.O. Box 882 Whiteville, NC 28472
Email amon at weblink.net
Branch CRAVEN COUNTY Unit #5423
Mail P.O. Box 984 New Bern, NC 28563
Email ccnaacp at suddenlink.net
Branch CURRITUCK COUNTY Unit #5382
Mail P.O. Box 534 Moyock, NC 27958
Email wcetheridge at yahoo.com
Branch DARE COUNTY Unit #5386
Mail P.O. Box 1485 Manteo, NC 27954
Branch DAVIDSON COUNTY (Lexington) Unit #5383
Email rrtrry at netscape.net
Branch DAVIE COUNTY Unit #5475
Mail P.O Box 922 Mocksville, NC 27028
Email Ali7BRO at aol.com
Branch DUPLIN COUNTY Unit #5385
Mail P.O. Box 144 Clinton, NC 28329
Email colleenelizabeth at earthlink.net
Branch DURHAM COUNTY Unit #5387
Mail 315 E. Chapel Hill Street, #206 Durham, NC 27701
Email Ffosterjr at msn.com Website: http://www.durhamnaacp.org/
Branch Eden (ROCKINGHAM COUNTY) Unit #5389
Mail 7428 NC Hwy 770 Eden, NC 27288
Branch EDGECOMBE COUNTY (Tarboro) Unit # 5390
Mail P.O Box 1236 Tarboro, NC 27886
Email yolandathigpen at yahoo.com
Branch FAYETTEVILLE / CUMBERLAND COUNTY Unit #5392
Mail P.O. Box 364 Fayetteville, NC 28302
Email Jebux32347 at aol.com
Branch FRANKLIN COUNTY Unit #5393
Pres Zollie O. Gill (919) 496-5289 h (919) 496-5289 o
Mail 1440 East River Road Louisburg, NC 27549
Email zwog at aol.com
Branch GASTON COUNTY Unit #5394
Mail P.O Box 92 Gastonia, NC 28053
Email clydewalker1939 at msn.com
Branch GATES COUNTY Unit #5396
Mail 174 Carters Road Gatesville, NC 27938
Email dcsmith at inteliport.com
Branch GOLDSBORO / WAYNE COUNTY Unit #5390
Mail P.O. Box 1205 Goldsboro, NC 27533-1205
Email Sbarnes18 at nc.rr.com; greenleafdoc at bellsouth.net
Branch GRANVILLE COUNTY Unit #5398
Mail P.O. Box 8 Oxford, NC 27565
Other Treas. Roy T. Cash (919) 693-7081 h
Branch GREENE COUNTY Unit #5399
Mail 3002 Mewburn Church Road Snow Hill, NC 28580
Email albertbarron57 at yahoo.com
Branch GREENSBORO Unit #5400
Mail P.O. Box 20765 Greensboro, NC 27420
Email Rv4kings at aol.com
Branch HALIFAX COUNTY Unit #5401
Mail P.O. Box 408 Weldon, NC 27890
Email debrob3 at embarqmail.com
Branch HARNETT COUNTY Unit #5473
Mail P.O. Box 2347 Lillington, NC 27546
Email Cpm8 at earthlink.net
Branch HENDERSON COUNTY (inactive) Unit #5477
(828) 692-7180 h (828) 692-7180 o
Mail 837 Oak Street Hendersonville, NC 28791
Branch HERTFORD COUNTY Unit #5403
Mail P.O. Box 61 Ahoskie, NC 27910
FAX (252) 345-0318
Branch HICKORY Unit # 5404
Mail P.O. Box 2593 Hickory, NC 28603
Email emersay at aol.com
Branch HIGH POINT Unit # 5405
Office Phone: (336) 887-2470. Fax: (336) 454-5633.
Pres Oveter McLean (336) 887 2590 h
Mail P.O. Box 62 High Point, NC 27261
Email hpnaacp at hotmail.com
Branch HOKE COUNTY Unit #5406
Mail P.O. Box 157 Raeford, NC 28376
Email Jnov211959 at aol.com hokenaacp at msn.com
Branch HYDE COUNTY Unit #5482
Mail P.O. Box 216 Engelhard, NC 27824
Email Destinty3 at beachlink.com
Branch JOHNSTON COUNTY Unit #5408
Mail P.O. Box 714 Clayton, NC 27528
Email hodgeswillis at embarqmail.com
Branch JONES COUNTY Unit #5409
Mail P.O. Box 68 Trenton, NC 28585
Branch LAGRANGE (Lenoir County) Unit #5649
Mail 104 Dawson Street LaGrange, NC 28551
Branch LEE COUNTY Unit #5447
Mail 1509 Pinehurst Street Sanford, NC 27330
Branch LENOIR COUNTY (KINSTON) Unit #5412
Mail P.O. Box 805 Kinston, NC 28501
Email klonaacp at suddenlink.net
Branch LINCOLN COUNTY Unit #5411
Mail P.O. Box 1754 Lincolnton, NC 28092
Email rsham at bellsouth.net
Branch MARTIN COUNTY Unit #5417
Mail P.O. Box 1123 Williamston, NC 27892
Email Lond792 at hotmail.com
Branch MONTGOMERY COUNTY Unit #5420
Mail P.O. Box 428 Candor, NC 27229
Email Acopeland45 at embarqmail.com
Branch MOORE COUNTY Unit #5421
Mail P.O. Box 1351 Southern Pines, NC 28388
Email odw3220 at embarqmail.com Website: http://moorenaacp.com/
Branch NASH COUNTY Unit #5422
Mail P.O. Box 220 Spring Hope, NC 27882
Branch NEW HANOVER COUNTY Unit #5424
Mail P.O. Box 2199 Wilmington, NC 28402
Email Hbeatty1 at bellsouth.net
Branch NORTHAMPTON COUNTY Unit #5426
Mail P.O. Box 2 Seaboard, NC 27876
Branch NORTHERN ORANGE Unit #5427
Mail P.O. Box 302 Hillsborough, NC 27278
Branch ONSLOW COUNTY Unit #5428
Mail P.O. Box 1152 Jacksonville, NC 28541
Email Onslow-naacp at yahoo.com
Branch PAMLICO COUNTY Unit #5429
Mail 321 Lovick Lee Road Oriental, NC 28571
Branch PASQUOTANK COUNTY Unit #5430
Mail P.O. Box 211 Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Email pasquotanknaacp at yahoo.com
Branch PENDER COUNTY Unit #5431
Mail P.O. Box 162 Hampstead, NC 28443
Branch PERQUIMANS COUNTY Unit #5432
Mail P.O. Box 42 Winfall, NC 27985
Email fred at inteliport.com
Branch PERSON COUNTY Unit #5433
Mail P.O. Box 1363 Roxboro, NC 27573
Email lutcffollowup at aol.com
Branch PITT COUNTY Unit #5463
Mail P.O. Box 8626 Greenville, NC 27834
Email Hccbeab1 at wmconnect.com
Branch PLYMOUTH (Washington County) Unit #5434
Mail P.O. Box 299 Plymouth, NC 27962
Email General1_74734 at yahoo.com
Branch RALEIGH/APEX (Wake County) Unit #5436
Mail P.O. Box 26502 Raleigh, NC 27611
Email Theprofessor06 at yahoo.com
Branch RANDOLPH COUNTY (Asheboro) Unit #5438
Mail P.O. Bo x 4875 Asheboro, NC 27204
Email amccormick at triad.rr.com
Branch REIDSVILLE (ROCKINGHAM COUNTY) Unit #5439
Mail 1302 Hwy 29 Business Reidsville, NC 27320
Email seniorclass at msn.com
Branch RICHMOND COUNTY Unit #5402
Mail P.O. Box 388 Hamlet, NC 28345
Email queen at carolina.net
Branch ROCKY MOUNT Unit #5441
Mail P.O. Box 6961 Rocky Mount, NC 27802
Email aknight at rmnaacp.com
Branch ROPER (Washington County) Unit #5442
Branch ROWAN COUNTY (SALISBURY) Unit #5456
Mail P.O. Box 291 Salisbury, NC 28145
Email Bnj_crown at hotmail.com
Branch RUTHERFORD COUNTY Unit #5444
Mail 2811 Heather Glen Lane Charlotte, NC 28202
Branch SAMPSON COUNTY Unit #5446
Mail P.O. Box 305 Clinton, NC 28329
Branch SCOTLAND COUNTY Unit #5448
Mail P.O. Box 545, 128 McGirt’s Bldg Laurinburg, NC 28353
Email garlandp at ncleg.net
Branch SHEFFIELD (MOORE COUNTY) Unit #5
Mail P O Box 508 Robbins, NC 27325
Branch SOUTH CENTRAL WAKE Unit #5457
Mail 7749 Kingsberry Court Raleigh, NC 27615
Email jrwite at aol.com
Branch SOUTH IREDELL COUNTY Unit #5476
Mail P.O Box 5671 Mooresville, NC 28117
Email Easystreet4 at msn.com
Branch STANLY COUNTY Unit #5453
Email bsmaske at yahoo.com
Branch STATESVILLE BRANCH Unit #5454
Mail P.O. Box 1746 Statesville, NC 28687
Email retsarge at bellsouth.net
Branch STOKES COUNTY Unit #5455
Mail P.O. Box 313 Walnut Cove, NC 27052
Branch SURRY COUNTY Unit #5459
Mail P.O. Box 1925 Mount Airy, NC 27030
Email pemarch at embarqmail.com
Branch THOMASVILLE / DAVIDSON COUNTY Unit #5483
Mail P.O. Box 2501 Thomasville, NC 27360
Email stonetruth at northstate.net
Branch TOISONOT (Wilson County) Unit #5460
Mail P.O. Box 215 Elm City, NC 27822
Branch UNIFIED ROBESON COUNTY Unit #51B1
Mail P.O. Box 3419 Lumberton, NC 28359
Email JLStephens at bellsouth.net
Branch UNION COUNTY Unit #5416
Mail P.O. Box 872 Monroe, NC 28111
Email jguillen at aol.com
Branch VANCE COUNTY Unit #5464
Mail P.O. Box 2575 Henderson, NC 27536
Email garrison at ncol.net
Branch WARREN COUNTY Unit #5465
Mail 318 W. Franklin Street Warrenton, NC 27589-1938
Branch WAYNE COUNTY (Military Affairs) Unit #56A9
Mail 310 Jeannie Drive Goldsboro, NC 27534
Branch WENDELL-WAKE COUNTY Unit #5467
Mail P.O. Box 845 Cary, NC 27512
Email Chigh42 at yahoo.com
Branch WILSON COUNTY Unit #5470
Pres Rev. Alonzo Braggs (910)991-5105 c 252-238-2886 h
Mail P O Box 375, Burlington, NC
Email thezoman at hotmail.com
Branch WINSTON-SALEM / FORSYTH COUNTY Unit #5471
Mail P.O. Box 4176 Winston-Salem NC 27115
Email wsnaacp at triadbiz.rr.com
Branch YADKIN COUNTY Unit #5472
Mail P.O. Box 159 (P O Box 148) East Bend, NC 27018
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