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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP has named Delores Bailey as the recipient of the branch’s 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award.

The award recognizes and celebrates people and organizations in Chapel Hill and Carrboro whose work exemplifies the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by raising awareness and speaking on behalf of social justice, promoting diversity, and being a spark for action to build a better future for everyone.

Awardees envision solutions to the many inequities in this world that we live in, while also having the courage to act and to persevere in the face of challenging circumstances.

“There is no one more suited for this award than Delores Bailey,” Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP President Dawna Jones said. “She is a staple in the community, a true servant-leader, and an all-around social justice warrior. Delores' work is a genuine reflection of Dr. King's values.”

Bailey, who serves the community every day as Executive Director of EmPOWERment Inc., was raised in rural Chapel Hill by very strong women who loved God, family and community. Fittingly, her sorority bears the motto: “Service to all mankind.”

“Service to others is my life,” Bailey said. “I was thrilled to receive this prestigious award and truly thank the members of the Branch for this honor.”

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