NC NAACP Elects New President, Removes Greensboro’s Rev Anthony Spearman | Nation and regional information

GREENSBORO – An Army veteran and civil rights activist is the new top leader of the North Carolina NAACP, removing the incumbent president of Greensboro.

Deborah Dicks Maxwell of New Hanover County is also the first woman to be elected to the presidential post of the North Carolina State Conference, according to a press release on Tuesday.

Maxwell, the president of New Hanover County’s NAACP, received a majority of the vote in last weekend’s virtual election. Greensboro’s Rev. T. Anthony Spearman, who has been president since 2017, finished second in the three-candidate race, according to a press release.

Maxwell has been a local NAACP leader for many years. Maxwell was on the appointment of Gov. Roy Cooper’s Racial Justice Task Force has been appointed to the criminal justice system.

Spearman, who also confirmed the election results on Tuesday, had been the third vice president for six years before being elected full president. As a state NAACP leader, he has spoken on high profile civil rights matters and litigation.

NAACP members also re-elected several leaders this past weekend, including Carolyn Coleman, a Guilford County commissioner, as first vice president and Carolyn McDougal as second vice president.

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