Dawna Jones, the current secretary of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP was recently elected as the new president of the branch. Photo courtesy of the Chapel-Hill Carrboro NAACP.
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP elected a new president who hopes to bridge the gap between the branch and students at UNC.
Dawna Jones, current secretary of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP, was elected as the next president of the branch after the group held its election Nov. 7.
“For the first time, we’re going to be bringing on some student interns to help us do this work,” Jones said. “We hope to inform how students see themselves as part of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community and not just the UNC community.”
Elected officers will serve two-year terms starting in 2021. Anna Richards, the current branch president and winner of the N.C. NAACP Branch President of the Year award in 2019, will serve as one of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP's vice presidents next year.
Jones has been a member of the branch since 2016. Prior to her position as branch secretary, she served as membership chairperson. In 2018, she graduated from the NAACP Next Generation Program, a leadership development program that focuses on training the next generation of leaders in the NAACP.