Local NAACP launch for national One Nation Working Together march

Eloise Hamilton

NAACP- Chapel Hill/Carrboro Chapter

(919) 682-4930





            CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Chapel Hill/Carrboro branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is hosting a launch event at Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, at 6 p.m., to support participants of the One Nation Working Together March On Washington on Saturday October 2, 2010. 

            The NAACP hopes to bring together the social justice community in support of more than 50 local residents  and 50 UNC students who will board buses in Chapel Hill and make the trek from Chapel Hill to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to fight for jobs, affordable housing and education. 

            The March on Washington is a symbolic representation of the historic march that occurred in 1963 where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in front of over 200,000 supporters advocating civil and economic rights for African-Americans.  The goal of “One Nation Working Together” is to mobilize the nation as one to put Americans back to work, stimulate the economy, ensure the protection, civil rights, and liberties of all people, and invest in high-quality education for all youth.

            Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend.

            Buses are leaving the University Mall at 4 a.m. on Saturday and will return at 11 p.m. the same day.  The cost to ride is $45/person and one meal is included.




To sign-up to ride the bus and participate in the March on Washington, contact Quintin Laws at 919-475-6403, or visit for more information.

The launch event is open to the public; all members of the community are encouraged to attend. Members of the NAACP will be collecting  donations for scholarships to send low-income residents to Washington, as well as for food and beverages on the trip. 

For more information about the launch event, contact Michelle Laws at

The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights for all persons and to eliminate racial discrimination.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 2:00pm


Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe

Stand Against Racism

Come to Stand Against Racism, in the Fellowship Hall at Binkley Baptist Church, located at 1712 Willow Drive in Chapel Hill, NC. 

Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  

We'll have refreshments and time for visiting from 9:30 to 10 a.m.;

Program events from 10 a.m. to 12 noon; 

More time to mingle and enjoy refreshments until 12:30 p.m.

Program includes performances by Mrs. Mary D. Williams, extraordinary singer of traditional gospel and freedom songs, historian and educator; Poet and performance artist Mr. C.J. Suitt, founder of the Sacrificial Poets; and the St. Ambrose Jazz Mass Quintet from St. Ambrose Episcopal Church in Raleigh, NC. Come listen, learn, visit, and leave with inspiration and ideas on how to Stand Against Racism in your everyday life.

Sponsored by chcPACT! and Binkley Baptist Church Board of Outreach

Stand Against Racism is a movement initiated by the YWCA in 2008 in order to raise awareness that racism still exists in our communities and that it cannot be ignored or tolerated. Our objective is to bring organizations together, who believe like we do, that united we can eliminate racism. 
Together with 65 YWCA Associations throughout the USA, we invite your organization to participate in our 3rd annual Stand Against Racism which will take place on Friday, April 30, 2010. Churches, temples, synagogues and other houses of worship are welcome to join us on May 1st and 2nd, 2010.
In 2009, the Stand Against Racism reached over 320 organizations which became Participating Sites of the Stand and collectively attracted over 30,000 people. In 2010, we are expecting the participation of approximately 1,500 organizations and over 200,000 individuals who will be taking a Stand Against Racism on April 30.


Saturday, May 1, 2010 - 6:00am to 8:30am


Binkley Baptist Church, 712 Willow Drive, Chapel Hill

Rigorous debate at NAACP candidate forum

Last night, the Chapel Hill/Carrboro chapter of the NAACP held a candidate’s forum for the County Commissioner at-large and County Sheriff’s race.

The candidates present were: Clarence Birkhead, Lindy Pendergrass, Joal Hall Broun, Barry Jacobs and Joe Phelps. Alice Gordon also stopped by, even though she is uncontested in her County Commissioner race in District 1.

There was actually a lot of ground covered at the forum. Among the topics discussed was the 287g Program, overcrowding in county jails, funding for the Chapel Hill library and Google Fiber Optics.

Most notable was William Thorp, the NAACP chapter chair, giving an impassioned plea to the commissioner-hopefuls to fix the situation in Rogers Road. The plea came in the wake of a new report that found 9 out of 11 wells in the region were contaminated and a quarter of the septic tanks in the area were in disrepair.

NAACP Candidate Forum

NAACP to Sponsor Orange County Candidates Forum in Chapel Hill

[March 17, 2010-Chapel Hill, NC] The Chapel Hill-Carrboro branch of the NAACP will sponsor an open forum for Orange County candidates running in the May 4 primary election for Commissioner and Sheriff. The forum will be held in Chapel Hill on Thursday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall.

All candidates are invited to share their views on a variety of quality of life issues from education and economicdevelopment to law enforcement initiatives.

Carrboro Alderman Joal Hall Broun and former Hillsborough Mayor Joe Phelps will challenge incumbent Barry Jacobs for an at-large County Commissioner seat. Hillsborough Police Chief Clarence Birkhead will challenge incumbent Lindy Pendergrass for Sheriff.

The Forum is free and open to the public. 


Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 3:00pm


Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill

NAACP: "Don't Resegregate Our Schools"

Right about now, the Chapel-Hill Carrboro NAACP is holding a press conference/rally at Lincoln Center, the administrative home of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School System (CHCCSS).  I'm pasting their entire (long!) announcement below as it has a lot of interesting information, including a history of segregation in the school system.



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