03/16/09 — Barber named to national board

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Barber named to national board

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on March 16, 2009 1:46 PM

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church Disciples of Christ and the president of the North Carolina conference of the NAACP, was sworn in and seated on the national NAACP board of directors Feb. 21 in New York City at the group's 100th annual board meeting.

Barber, who also is chairman of Rebuilding Broken Places Community Development Corp., joins long time activist Carolyn Q. Coleman and Lenny Springs as members of the board from North Carolina.

Barber has received more than 100 awards for his contributions to the community, including the Juanita Jackson Mtichell Award from the NAACP in 2006 for legal activism.

Under his leadership, the North Carolina branch of the NAACP has been recognized as the largest in its region and the third largest in the nation. The North Carolina NAACP also received the Thalhimers award at the national convention in Cincinnati, Ohio. This is the highest NAACP award given to a state conference for being the most active and programmatic state conference in the country.