The Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP was named the 2017 Branch of the Year at the North Carolina State Convention last month.
“It was very validating,” said branch president Anna Richards. “One of the things we focused on was better communication with our members and with our constituents, so to get the recognition is always nice.”
Richards, who accepted the award, said the branch has prioritized engagement with the community and staying relevant with current issues. Examples include co-sponsoring a candidate forum for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools school board election Oct. 16 along with the PTA Council and the League of Women Voters. They also hosted a panel discussion in the community on confederate symbols such as Silent Sam.
Richards said these collaborations have been successful and are what makes the Chapel Hill-Carrboro branch stand out from others in the state.
“We’ve done a number of things this year to try and address issues,” Richards said. “(We try to) engage our community in dialogue about race in a way that is constructive and hopefully educationally enlightening to try to build consensus in our community.”