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William Barber, Head of State NAACP, To Address NCCU Grads

Rev. William Barber II
Warren Ballentine

The Rev. William Barber II, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, will deliver the address at the 119th commencement exercises for North Carolina Central University on Saturday, May 12. He also will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by NCCU Chancellor Charlie Nelms during the graduation ceremony, which starts at 8 a.m. in O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium.

At the commencement ceremony for NCCU’s graduate and professional students on Friday, May 11, the speaker will be Warren Ballentine, noted attorney, motivational speaker and radio talk show host. The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. in McDougald–McLendon Gymnasium.

NCCU will award more than 400 professional degrees on May 11 and more than 500 bachelor’s degrees on May 12.

Barber, a 1985 graduate of NCCU who served as student government president during his senior year, is regarded as one of North Carolina’s most effective grass-roots leaders. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University and a doctorate from Drew University in New Jersey. He is the pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Goldsboro, and chair of that city’s Rebuilding Broken Places Community Development Corp. He assumed the presidency of the North Carolina NAACP chapter in 2006 and has been widely credited with injecting a renewed spirit of energy and activism into the venerable organization. He was an effective leader of the opposition to efforts to dismantle Wake County public schools’ nationally praised socio-economic diversity plan.  

“We’re honored to have Dr. Barber share his passionate advocacy for numerous civic, educational and political initiatives with our students,” Chancellor Nelms said. “As a NCCU alumnus, he has been and continues to be a trailblazer and voice for citizens of North Carolina and others around the country.”

Ballentine, a native of Chicago, earned an undergraduate degree from North Carolina A&T State University and a law degree from Pettit College of Law at Ohio Northern University. Described by the New York Times as, “one of black talk radio’s new stars,” he is the host of  “The Warren Ballentine Show,” which airs each weekday and engages a wide range of political, legal, education, religious and social issues. It is syndicated in 37 media markets through Radio One.

For more information on commencement, please visit http://web.nccu.edu/commencement/.

Published: Monday, April 23, 2012
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