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N.C. Bar Association Elects First Black President

Posted June 24, 2007

— The North Carolina Bar Association recently elected its first black president.

Raleigh attorney Charles Becton will assume the year-long post next June. He graduated from Duke University School of Law in 1969.

Becton served on the state Court of Appeals from 1981 to 1990 and was named North Carolina Appellate Judge of the Year in 1985.


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  • lilwil Jun 26, 2007

    Maybe WRAL has some issues of it's own. For years there have been qualified "Blacks" in all areas. It's strange how some say we should work for what we get...when we do, other reasons are mysteriously found for not giving us our due. I'm sure this post will not get posted, but if not, it just prove my point.

  • one_nc_citizen Jun 25, 2007

    Since it is so difficult to understand what type of things make the news, I thought I would explain. Typically news reports those things that are an obvious break from the norm or are firsts. Such as the "New Call Boxes Installed at State Capitol" story, or the "Chapel Hill's New Top Cop Starts Monday" story, also on the homepage.

    It seems, for those people who always are always yelling about how everything is so equal and fair here now in the United States of America, and how any one can succeed with hard work, this would be a positive development that every one can appreciate.

    This is not a "black" story, it is an American story. Although, perhaps only those who can get mentally get past reading the word "black" in the title will realize that. Maybe that's asking too much.

  • martini Jun 25, 2007

    I guess the use of descriptive titles as an inspiration, maybe? To let other miniorities, know what can be accomplished. Seriously, folks this is used often and not only by WRAL.

    Congratulations to Mr. Becton!

  • cjump Jun 25, 2007

    FE - It shouldn't matter, that's the point. Unless its a typical WRAL non-story without that description.

  • Historians 12th Jun 25, 2007

    Sidekick, a very good point, I ask the same thing with members of my family. Why use descriptions of a person's race unless needed ?

  • Sidekick Jun 25, 2007

    Why does WRAL have to make this a 'black' issue? Stirring the pot, I guess.

  • FE Jun 25, 2007

    cjump: It OBVIOUSLY matters to those who write the news headlines!

  • cjump Jun 25, 2007

    What does being black have to do with his qualifications or anything else for that matter.

  • Halyard Jun 25, 2007

    As long as the individual is qualified (for any responsible position) race should not be an issue.

    This is a very positive move for a well qualified Judge.

  • A_News_Observer Jun 25, 2007

    I think it's interesting that the Bar Association has had more than one female black president, but this is the first male.