The Watch Dog response: Thank you my friend for reconsidering. Let the work of the NAACP continue.
RALEIGH, N.C. — The leader of the NAACP in North Carolina says he will remain in the role until his term ends in October, rather than step down this month as planned.
The Rev. William Barber said Sunday he will remain president until his replacement is elected at the NAACP’s convention. He announced plans last month to leave the post in June after 12 years at the helm to concentrate on a poor people’s campaign organizing in states nationwide.
State NAACP leaders last week called on Barber to reconsider, saying he’s needed as a “unifying voice” following U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions that upheld lower-court rulings that Republicans illegally drew dozens of districts based on race after the 2010 Census.
Barber reiterates he will not seek another term as president, but he will stay his entire term “for the stability of the movement in these transitional moments.”
Barber said the Supreme Court’s decisions and the possibility of drawing new lines and a potential special election this year “were not in the landscape” when he made his initial announcement. (Read more)