Nash County – LOCAL NAACP LEADERS SUPPORT GOV. PERDUE ON DISTRICT ATTORNEY APPOINTMENT


NEWS ALERT: LOCAL NAACP LEADERS SUPPORT GOV. PERDUE ON DISTRICT ATTORNEY APPOINTMENT

For Immediate Release: April 29, 2009

More Information: Call Andre’ Knight, Pres. Rocky Mount NAACP at (252) 544-2949

Presidents of the Edgecombe, Rocky Mount and Wilson NAACP Branches support Gov. Bev Perdue’s appointment today of Robert Evans, District Court Judge as the next 7th Judicial District’s District Attorney. Evans will be the first black District Attorney in the history of eastern North Carolina. “This is history unfolding before our eyes,” said Ms. Yolanda Thigpen, Edgecombe County NAACP President. “We are pleased with the selection of Judge Evans. He has a reputation of fairness, strength and conscience. This bodes well for the course of justice in the district.”

“Governor Perdue has heard our appeal. We applaud her courage and objectivity,” said Andre’ Knight, Rocky Mount NAACP President. “However, we are sober in our expectations that this will not be a ‘one for one’ exchange. Judge Evans’ current position will be left vacant. Gov. Perdue still has the expectation of this district to keep diversity at the forefront of her considerations in filling the unexpired term of the District Court judgeship.”

“This is just the beginning of change in our justice system,” said Alonzo Braggs, Wilson NAACP President. “Now, instead of having one district attorney out of 44 in North Carolina, we have two. As we said before, diversity brings strength, not weakness. Gov. Perdue has brought encouragement and hope to all of North Carolina. But we need to demand more of our citizens and our elected officials. Our state is populated with more than one race. Every public office needs to have representative leadership that reflects its entire community.”

“Beverly Perdue promised us change if we gave her a chance to serve the state as Governor,” Andre Knight added. “This is a good first step towards addressing historical inequities and making the best of every opportunity to move North Carolina towards a progressive future.”

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See related:

Edgecombe County – District Attorney Appointment At A Glance

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