Rev. C. Bradley Hunt II is the newly elected president of the Greensboro Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and members of that group are very excited about the new life he’ll bring to the branch.
The organization isn’t shy about saying that either. The press release announcing Hunt’s election states that, in the local chapter of the NAACP, “a younger generational shift has occurred, energizing the organization with a fresh spirit of purpose that is only possible from the legacy of all the civil rights elders and leaders who preceded him.”
The 34-year-old Greensboro native is an associate pastor at New Light Missionary Baptist Church in Greensboro. He’ll now head up one of the state’s largest branches of the 112-year-old civil rights organization that was created in 1909 in response to the lynchings and other killings of the Jim Crow-era.
“In this humble position, I am standing on the shoulders of thousands of valiant elders and leaders, past and present – many of whom died fighting for civil rights,” Hunt said at a virtual meeting of the Greensboro Branch of the NAACP upon being elected president.
Hunt announced that he would be guided by the NAACP’s mission of “securing the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.”
One reason for his election is that members say his youth and energy will match well with the branch’s new focus on attracting more people – especially younger people of all races and cultures.
“If we are here to eliminate race-based discrimination, which does exist, we need the committed talent of hearts and minds,” Hunt said. “Working together, we can demystify what the NAACP is and actually does.”
Hunt succeeds the long-time branch president Rev. Cardes H. Brown, Jr., who’ll now serve as the group’s parliamentarian.
In addition to Hunt, the branch’s officers are Viola Fuller, first vice president; Kay Brown, second vice president; Rev. George Harris, third vice president; Janice Spearman secretary; Millicent Lee, assistant secretary; Sharon Hightower, treasurer; and Woodrow Winchester, assistant treasurer.
As part of its new outreach, the Greensboro NAACP is creating an interactive website expected to be fully operational by next month.
According to the press release announcing Hunt’s election the Greensboro branch “intends to serve as an active participant and observer of city and county elected officials, offices and departments.”
Hunt announced that the branch’s Political Action Committee is preparing a report card “to be sure our Greensboro City Council and County Board of Commissioners are accountable to their oaths and individual campaign promises.”
Meetings of the Greensboro Branch of the NAACP are currently being held virtually on the third Sunday of each month at 5 p.m.