Tarboro NC – NEWS ALERT: LOCAL NAACP BRANCHES ANNOUNCE PLANS TO PETITION GOV. PERDUE ON DISTRICT ATTORNEY APPOINTMENT


NORTH CAROLINA NATIONAL ASSOCIATION
FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE
114 WEST PARRISH STREET, SECOND FLOOR ▪ DURHAM, NC 27701
919/682-4700 ▪ 919/682-4711▪ turner@naacpnc.org

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II
President

Amina J. Turner
Executive Director

NEWS ALERT: LOCAL NAACP BRANCHES ANNOUNCE PLANS TO PETITION GOV. PERDUE ON DISTRICT ATTORNEY APPOINTMENT

For Immediate Release: April 15, 2009
More Information: Call Andre’ Knight, Pres. Rocky Mount NAACP at (252) 544-2949

The Edgecombe, Rocky Mount and Wilson NAACP Presidents will hold a News Conference at the Edgecombe County Courthouse in Tarboro, NC, at noon on Thursday, April 16th to announce a drive to appoint the first black District Attorney in the history of the district to fill retiring D.A. Howard Boney’s position. “This week we will ask Gov. Beverly Perdue to appoint an African American to what we believe is the most powerful position in the three counties we represent-the D.A. of the 7th Judicial District,” said Ms.Yolanda Thigpen, Edgecombe NAACP President said.

“When the 44 District Attorneys in North Carolina meet, only one is African American,” said Andre’ Knight, Rocky Mount NAACP President. “The 7th Judicial District, composed of Nash, Wilson, and Edgecombe counties, has a high percentage of African Americans; we constitute a majority in Edgecombe County. Now is the time to stop the ‘business as usual’ politics of picking an ‘insider’ secretly from the old court house groups. Let us move boldly into a future where every citizen in the District can participate and appoint a person of color as our District Attorney.”

“Last November’s election propelled Kay Hagan and Beverly Perdue into US Senate and NC Governor chairs, riding on the wave of President Obama’s message of hope and change,” said Alonzo Braggs, Wilson NAACP President. “We cannot talk about change and then, when we have the chance to make it, backslide to the same old ways. This is Gov. Perdue’s chance to make a bold statement that she wants to address some of the inequities in our justice system.”

“We expect Gov. Perdue to review the empirical and historical data about this District and its judicial system,” said Rev. Dr. William Barber, NC NAACP President. “If she reviews it carefully, she will find only one black assistant D.A. out of 38 attorneys and staff for this three county district. That is an insult, not just to people of color, but to all people who believe in justice. This insult has been in place since English colonists drove the Native Americans from the land and replaced their fair and merciful system of justice with a color-coded system that always put African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans on the bottom. There are thoughtful, fair and highly capable African American attorneys who are ready to lead this office and address the inequities in the justice system in an impartial and fair manner.”

Rev. Dr. Barber reflected that “Black people and progressive people of all races in North Carolina and in our counties turned out in unprecedented numbers in November to elect President Obama, Sen. Kay Hagan and Gov. Bev Perdue for a change in ‘business as usual.’ We are watching and making note of every move of progress that is made and every opportunity of progress that is lost. While the NAACP does not endorse candidates or political parties, we do hold ALL elected officials true to their words and true to the ideals of this great state and nation. An African American District Attorney appointment is a good way to begin undoing the legacy of injustice that slavery, the Wilmington Riots of 1898 and Jim Crow have left in our state today.”

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2 thoughts on “Tarboro NC – NEWS ALERT: LOCAL NAACP BRANCHES ANNOUNCE PLANS TO PETITION GOV. PERDUE ON DISTRICT ATTORNEY APPOINTMENT

  1. Ignant Non Nash Edgecombe Person.

    Dumbasses like you don’t get it. The NAACP don’t give a damn about waht you resenting us. We are going to continue to speak truth to power dating back 100 years ago this year.

    Ignant we can’t move forward when we are dealing with offices such as the D.A. that lack BLACK representation.

    I don’t question how many people you had working for you. I see your racist ass did not sign your real name so obviously you must be afraid to address the lack of BLACK folks within the D.A. office. Your office is not in question and I can’t relate to it since I don’t know who the hell you are and the name of the company.

    Obviously you are not familiar with the NAACP if you think this is the last case. How ignant. LOL

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  2. damn………the naacp is at it again. wants a black da, but did not say one word about the MOST qualified person being appointed. and you dumbasses cant figure out why people resent the stuff the naacp and barber, etc stand for. hell, the damn piece above talks about what happened in colonial times. WHEN ARE WE GOING TO MOVE ON?????

    at one point i had almost 200 people working for me. i didnt care if they were white, black, yellow, green, male, female, shemale, homosexual, bisexual, trisexual………as long as they were the most qualified for a job and they did the job.

    for the naacp to call for a black da to be appointed is blatant RACISM. yep, their skin color is showing.

    call your next case!!!!!!!!!!

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