Asheville-Buncombe County NAACP News – January 2018

Ms. Carmen Ramos-Kennedy Photo: Bruce Kennedy

Ms. Carmen Ramos-Kennedy
Photo: Bruce Kennedy

by Carmen Ramos-Kennedy –

Meet the new state president

As is widely known, the State Conference of NAACP has a newly elected president, Rev. T. Anthony Spearman. He will join us at our local Branch’s regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at Hill Street Baptist Church, 135 Hill Street in Asheville. This is a great opportunity for WNC to learn what our new president’s plans are as we continue the work of the Forward Together Movement. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Fight for Fair Courts/Citizen Action

Politicians in Raleigh are trying to gain partisan control over the state courts and rig the system in their favor. They have already canceled primary elections for judges. Now, they’re plotting to gerrymander judicial voting maps and possibly even cancel judicial elections altogether.

Lawmakers return on January 10, 2018. We plan to be there with our coalition partner, Democracy NC, to push back against the attacks on our courts. Branches from all over North Carolina NAACP will be present to hold legislators accountable, alongside NC Voters for Clean Elections and Progress NC.

Join us on the bus to Raleigh—discounted and scholarship tickets are still available. The bus will depart Asheville at 5:30 a.m. and should be back by 9 that night. For details and to book a seat, contact Edward Peters at (336) 601-9534 or

HKonJ March

Mark your calendar and save the date for the annual HKonJ March on Raleigh on February 10, 2018. We will have a Facebook event page posted with information mid-January. Go to our Facebook page to learn more about it.

Criminal Justice in Asheville

The NAACP Criminal Justice Committee, chaired by Dee Williams, continues to work with Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper and her staff on improving relationships between the community and Asheville Police Department. We applaud the positive steps and actions Chief Hooper continues taking to help move our city forward in this regard.

In our last message to the community, we asked that folks support the work of BeLoved. There is such great need, and they are filling the gaps where they can. They most urgently need monthly sustainers; no amount is too small. Donations provide service to the homeless and bus passes for folks seeking work; feed the hungry; and support their Community Resource Center which remains open daily to help sustain their Street Medics program. They have no salaried personnel, and are 100% powered by volunteers.

To be a monthly donor, go to and click on “donate.” The loving, non-judgmental work they do makes life easier for many in our city. In severe cold weather the services they provide are more critical than ever.


The Asheville-Buncombe NAACP, Branch #5363, meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the Sanctuary of Hill Street Baptist Church, 135 Hill Street in Asheville. For information:; Buncombe County NAACP, PO Box 2881, Asheville, NC 28802​;

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