The NAACP plans to petition Governor Bev Perdue to appoint an African American to a soon-to-be-vacant district attorney post in the East.
Howard Boney is retiring on May 1 as district attorney for Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson Counties.
The NAACP is holding a news conference at the Edgecombe County Courthouse at noon Wednesday. The group says African Americans make up a majority of the population in Edgecombe County and a significant part of the population in Wilson and Nash counties.
"When the 44 District Attorneys in North Carolina meet, only one is African American,” said Andre’ Knight, Rocky Mount NAACP President.
“If she reviews it carefully, she will find only one black assistant D.A. out of 38 attorneys and staff for this three county district. That is an insult, not just to people of color, but to all people who believe in justice," said Rev. Dr. William Barber, NC NAACP President.