NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE
NORTH CAROLINA STATE CONFERENCE
114 W. Parrish Street, Second Floor Ÿ Durham, North Carolina 27701
866-626-2227 Ÿ 919-682-4700 Ÿ FAX 919-682-4711
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II President
Amina J. Turner Executive Director
April 29, 2009
7th Judicial District Appointment of a New District Attorney
Press Statement by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II
President, NC State Conference of the NAACP
In 1909, when the NAACP was first founded, one of the demands by both white and black members who made up the founding body was that in order for there to be equal justice, there had to be diversity within the judicial system. The issue of qualification was never the question. African-Americans, minorities, and even women were denied the opportunity to serve, not based on qualifications, but based on race and gender. The appointment by Gov. Perdue today pushes us towards closing the chapter of this legacy in the ranks of the District Attorney’s Office in one portion of eastern North Carolina. This is a positive step and beginning and not an end for North Carolina.
Moving forward, we must make sure that Judge Robert Evans’ decision to accept the appointment to the office of the DA does not nullify the need for continuing diversity that he represented as a District Court Judge. He was the only African-American District Court Judge in the District. As we applaud the Governor in this appointment, we also appeal to the Governor to re-appoint an African-American in this vacated position. Then this moves us closer to becoming One North Carolina.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. For more information, call the State Office at 866-NC-NAACP or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.