WILMINGTON -- The NAACP State Convention is in Wilmington this weekend and the president of the state chapter delivered his State of the State address Friday. Rev. William Barber repeatedly reminded his audience that working towards the NAACP's goals is movement, not a moment. The president of the North Carolina NAACP delivered his State of the State address to a group of responsive and enthusiastic supporters. Rev. Barber said, "If you're concerned about justice -- white, black, young or old, rich or poor, Jew, gentile, or Christian -- come on in a help us get this work done." Rev. Barber discussed in detail the group's 14-point agenda for the convention, including quality education for all students. "We want to focus on math and science. We want capable teachers and qualified administrators and we want parental involvement. But we understand it takes all five fingers to make a hand, to make a fist, and you cannot have one without the other," Rev. Barber said. Local representatives say education is one of the biggest struggles for African-Americans in this region. New Hanover County NAACP President Harold Beatty said, "We don't have the dialogue that we really need to have with county officials, school officials." This 64th annual convention focuses on fighting for the children. Rev. Barber said, "We must raise up a fresh crop of freedom fighters who do more than just listen to rap music but learn the rhythms and the rhymes of justice." Barber added that there is still plenty to be done when it comes to accomplishing the group's goals, but named plenty of successes. "The hands that once picked cotton can now not only pick presidents but run for president and be top in the running," Rev. Barber said. Later in the day Rev. Barber spoke at a national symposium focusing on the 1898 Wilmington Race Riots.
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