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Woman of the Year

Annually recognizing one extraordinary woman who has made significant contributions to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community through leadership and service

​Dr. Deborah Stroman

Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP 2021 Woman of the Year

Wake Up Everybody – Can’t Do It Alone!

I am blessed and honored to be selected as the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP 2021 Woman of the Year. 

Help! My responsibility is to now lead our branch, supporters, and friends in a fundraising effort and competition to support the North Carolina NAACP. In particular, I think we must press ahead with urgency to bring attention to justice matters in education, healthcare, and voting rights. 


Get to know more about Dr. Stroman

A message from our 2021 Woman of the Year

I sincerely appreciate you, your commitment to justice, and your donation. Look for fun activities in the near future to further promote participation in the 2021 Woman of the Year campaign. This drive is about waking people up to truth telling, organizing, and connecting with people to help our state live its motto of “to be rather than to seem” for all citizens. Onward!

Nomination Information


The Woman of the Year (WOY) Award recognizes one extraordinary woman who has made significant contributions to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community through leadership and service. 


State Competition for Woman of the Year

The WOY winner at the local branch level must be comfortable with competing at the state level for NAACP Woman of the Year.  At this level, the competition is focused on fundraising activities.  This competition began as “Mother of the Year,” a fundraising project initiated by the late Kelly Miller Alexander, Sr., in 1955.  Its purpose was to raise money to help pay the expenses for the local, state, and national budgets.  The money sent by the Branch to the National Office was considered the Branch’s Freedom Fund Contribution, entitling the Branch to register the delegates it sends to the National Convention.  This tradition continues today, as funds from this competition are used to support the important work of the NC NAACP as we work diligently to fulfill our mission.


The WOY Award Committee uses the following criteria to evaluate applicants:

  • Community Involvement: Demonstrated a commitment to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community through a track record of service and community support that champions the interests and needs of women, children, and people of color; efforts have enhanced the lives of local citizens.

  • Contributions to Women of Color: Demonstrated, consistent leadership as a role model and mentor for women of color; efforts have made a significant contribution that helped break barriers and / or create opportunities.


Acknowledgement Ceremony

The winner of the award is acknowledged by the Branch at the annual Woman of the Year Coronation ceremony, which will be a virtual celebration held on March 28, 2021.


Nomination Form & Submission

Please use the following link to submit your nomination:



  • Sunday, March 21, 2021

  • Note: Late nominations will not be accepted.



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