North Carolina NAACP winter conference opportunity to plan for year ahead


"We're young, we're old, we're of different parties, different races, different creeds. But the one thing we are committed to as an association is the elimination of racial disparity and racial discrimination. That is our goal," said Rev. William Barber, NC NAACP President.

Barber is one of the people arrested last year, during protests against conservative legislation by the Republican-led General Assembly.

Now the group is planning what Barber calls "the biggest mobilization since Selma in 1965," the annual HK on J march in Raleigh.

That is when organizers push for voter registration and other political action. This year, they want a special election to replace former 12th District Congressman Mel Watt, who stepped down early to join the Obama administration.

Governor Pat McCrory says a November election is "the least costly and least confusing option."

"North Carolina NAACP calls again on the governor to change the timeline, stop saying he can't beat the law. That can be done, and serve all of the people of North Carolina, not just some of them. This is a majority minority district, made up of hardworking blacks, whites, Independents, Democrats and Republicans that will be left without representation," Barber said.

Barber says the NAACP will take the state to court if there is no earlier opportunity for voters in the 12th District to pick a congressperson.

The conference concluded with a Humanitarian of the Year banquet Saturday evening.

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