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N.C. NAACP president gets high honor from governor

Posted August 23, 2010

The head of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP received one of the state's highest honors for service over the weekend.

Gov. Bev Perdue presented the Rev. William Barber the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Saturday evening at a banquet in Durham.

Barber, 46, has been a longtime leader for civil rights and has served as president of the state NAACP for nearly five years.

Most recently, he's been outspoken on issues school equity throughout the state, including in Wake County, where the school board wants to change a longstanding student assignment policy of busing students to help achieve socioeconomic diversity for a community-based schools plan.

Barber, one of several protesters arrested during protests over the matter, and others believe the move will segregate schools and deny economically disadvantaged students of an education that equals that of their more advantaged counterparts.

According to the state NAACP website, Barber is the pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Goldsboro.

According to the governor's website, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine is an award that the governor presents to North Carolina residents who have a proven record of service to the state.

Notable recipients have included poet Maya Angelou, evangelist Billy Graham, former NBA basketball star Michael Jordan and journalist Charles Kuralt.


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  • bullcityredneck Aug 26, 2010

    What a disgrace this so called governor we have has shown NC to award an individual, maybe he is more than one, such as him, that kind of prestigious recognition.

  • notkidding Aug 25, 2010

    "sweet4you": is that you, rev? or gov.??

  • mgratk Aug 24, 2010

    He has a criminal record and so does the state democratic party. Top state democrats are always under criminal investigation. Perfect. The NAACP should give Bev an award, too.

  • ncwiseguy Aug 24, 2010

    bev perdue..........a one term governor. you heard it here first!!!

  • G-man Aug 24, 2010

    Some of you folks are pieces of work. This award is well deserved. Way to go Gov and congrats to Rev Barber. Rock on!

    And just what has he done to deserve the award? Other than cost the taxpayers money. Oh, I forgot the local McDonalds loves to see him come in.

  • shortcake53 Aug 24, 2010

    Wondering what hit sweet4you in the head??? People in NC dont need to move, we just need leaders we can trust. You and the Rev have a great time at the next rally, make sure you bring bail money.

  • sweet4you Aug 24, 2010

    if you don't like NC. please move

  • sweet4you Aug 24, 2010

    Great news! Way to go Gov. This state finally recognize greatness!!!ROCK ON

  • sweet4you Aug 24, 2010

    Some of you folks are pieces of work. This award is well deserved. Way to go Gov and congrats to Rev Barber. Rock on!

  • BUCKEYEnNC Aug 24, 2010

    She's not due for re-election until 2012! She should have saved the pandering until then! What will she use to bribe the NAACP for their 'get out the vote' assistance then?