NC NAACP President Rev. William Barber set to step down this summer

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - The head of the North Carolina NAACP has announced he's ready to start a new chapter in his life.

Rev. Dr. William Barber says he will step down as State NAACP President in June. Those close to Barber say he has been instrumental in helping to carry the Moral Monday movement forward.

"He has been a life safer for North Carolina and has breathed new life into the NAACP," said Irving Joyner with the NC NAACP.

Barber has been the president of the organization for more than a decade. He says next he will organize a campaign focused on addressing poverty and other issues in Washington, DC and in 25 states across the country.

"He's brought forth a kind of fusion politics between a coalition of people, white folks, black folks, gay folks, straight folks, religious folks, folks who don't believe in religion," said Scott Holmes, an attorney who has worked with the NC NAACP.

On the national stage, Barber was one of the speakers at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last year. His supporters say replacing him as the head of the State NAACP won't be easy.

"Clearly, we won't have the charisma," said Joyner. "But his charisma was built in large part on the bodies of a whole team of people."

Barber will remain on the NAACP's national board of directors. He will discuss his decision on Monday.

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