As Rev. Barber steps down, N.C. NAACP prepares for next leader
By Cash Michaels, Peacemaker Contributor / May 19, 2017
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RALEIGH – According to sources at the N.C. NAACP, the successor to Pres. Rev. William Barber, who has announced that he is stepping down next month after twelve years, will come from the four vice presidents currently under his wing – First Vice President Carolyn Q. Coleman; Second Vice Pres. Carolyn McDougal; Third Vice President Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman and Fourth Vice Pres. Courtney Patterson.
Coleman is a veteran civil rights activist, member of the national NAACP Board and the Guilford County Commission Board. McDougal is a human resource officer with People’s Choice Home Care, Inc. in Dunn. Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman is senior pastor of St. Phillip AME Zion Church in Greensboro and president of the N.C. Council of Churches. Courtney Patterson is retired and lives in Kinston.
The N.C. NAACP is “…strong in our legal victories; strong in our organizational structure; strong financially and strong in the clarity of agenda…,” Rev. Barber told reporters last week during a teleconference last Thursday.