For the second consecutive year, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was named “Branch of the Year” among North Carolina NAACP branches.
The award, based on 2018 branch activity, was bestowed at the 2019 annual winter training meeting held in Durham on Saturday, April 6.
Anna Richards, president of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro branch, said that while she appreciates the acknowledgment, the assault on civil rights in North Carolina is so intense there is little time to savor the honor.
“For example,” Richards said, “recently white supremacists openly carrying firearms in full view of students and University of North Carolina police strolled about the campus. UNC police allowed this, even though brandishing weapons on the campus is against the law. And, as we understand it, despite the worldwide surge in murderous violence by white supremacists, UNC police have no plans to charge those carrying the weapons with anything.”
Richards and her branch look forward to keeping the civil rights struggle going in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.
“The honor is in being able to do this work, and it is very gratifying that our colleagues believe we are doing a good job,” Richards said.