NC NAACP NEWS RELEASE FROM THE 101ST NATIONAL NAACP CONVENTION

Immediate Release

13 July 2010

Contact: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, naacpbarber@gmail.com, 919-394-8137

Mrs. Amina J. Turner, Exec Dir, 336-327-7848

STATE NAACP PRESIDENT WINS NATIONAL NAACP AWARD

(Kansas City, MO)  Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President of the NC State Conference of the NAACP received the Kelly M. Alexander State Conference President Award at the 101st National NAACP Convention in Kansas City, Missouri.  Upon receiving this award, Rev. Barber thanked the members of the Historic Thousands on Jones Street Coalition, www.hkonj.com, and both the adult and youth membership and volunteer leadership of NC NAACP.  "I was born two days after the 1963 March on Washington and grew up in the NAACP in the Washington County Branch under the guidance of (the late) Kelly Alexander, Sr. and Carolyn Q. Coleman." Rev. Barber said.  He continued, "My mother and father always taught me that I owe.  You owe God for life and you owe those who came before you to insure opportunities, as well as those yet to come whose lives will be impacted by your living.  The way you pay is by serving the cause of justice and equality…   And I know that I owe this award to the hard work of the branches and youth units of the NC State Conference of the NAACP and to the 93-member HK on J Coalition."

Kelly M. Alexander, Sr. served on the National Board of Directors of the NAACP and was elected in 1984 as board chairman.   Alexander, Sr. also served as the President of the NC State Conference developing the largest state conference in the nation from 1948 until 1984.  This award is given to the NAACP state president who demonstrates leadership in several categories:  membership, program, fundraising, growth of branches, youth & college leadership and leadership.

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Amina Josey Turner
Exec Dir
NC NAACP
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