Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP President Anna Richards was named North Carolina NAACP branch president of the year at this year's state convention in Winston-Salem.
Richards has been with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro branch since 2017, but she has grown up with the organization. She began her time with the NAACP at the age of 10 when she still lived in Pennsylvania.
When she retired from a career at Boeing and relocated to Chapel Hill with her family, Richards was faced with the decision of where to spend her time. She decided to get involved with the local NAACP branch.
“I believe that the NAACP is an effective organization,” Richards said. “It has a long legacy of social justice and causes that I believe in.”
Since becoming president in 2017, Richards has changed the local branch.
“One of the things with having organizations that have been around a long time is that you can get into a habit of doing things the same way that they have always been done,” Richards said. “I'm really proud of our team for trying out new ideas in moving forward.”
Richards has focused on community outreach and implemented a strategy of involving multiple generations in decision-making processes. Almost every committee in the branch has a co-chair of a different generation.
“That gives us a diverse perspective, as well as ideas that are cutting-edge,” Richards said.
Dawna Jones, secretary of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP branch, said Richards constantly challenges members to raise the bar.