The Alliance of North Carolina Black Elected Officials Elects New Officers
Raleigh, NC—The Alliance of North Carolina Black Elected Officials held elections for its executive committee on December 3, 2013. Swearing-in of the newly elected officers was scheduled 9 a.m. February 1, 2014 at the League of Municipalities Albert Coates Local Government Center 215 N. Dawson Street in downtown Raleigh. The ceremony was performed by Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley.
Richard Hooker of the North Carolina Caucus of Black School Board Members, who was elected as the third President of the (ANCBEO) says that he is pleased to be selected to lead this dynamic organization. “We look forward to continuing to strengthen the voice of Black elected officials, public policy advocates and other partner organizations committed to improving the lives of all North Carolinians.” The ANCBEO is a nonprofit organization committed to eliminating racial disparity in areas of education, economics, healthcare, social and criminal justice and politics.
Also elected during the December 3rd meeting were: Edgecombe County Commissioner Viola Harris as vice president; state Senator Valerie Foushee of Chapel Hill as secretary and Spring Lake Mayor Chris V. Rey, treasurer.
Hooker says the organization will focus on healthcare issues this year, as the federal government continues to roll out the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) and the state legislature proposes major changes to the Medicaid program. “It is important that Black North Carolinians are aware of the ACA, and understand how to navigate this resource. Additionally, we want elected leaders to have a grasp of state-level human service issues that impact constituents and providers,” says Hooker.
To that end, the 2014 NC Black Summit, sponsored by the Alliance, will bring together healthcare organizations, ACA representatives and insurance companies to inform Alliance constituents about healthcare reform. The theme for 2014 Summit is “Healthcare and our Community: The Impact of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Reform.” Summit participants will learn how best to use the ACA to benefit citizens of North Carolinian. In its ninth year, the 2014 NC Black Summit will be held April 24-26, 2014 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham, NC.
The ANCBEO is a 501(c)3 organization, and has sponsored Summits featuring luminaries in the fields of political and social justice such as leading Democratic Congressman James Clyburn; political activist and media commentator, the Rev. Al Sharpton; Radio One Chairperson and Founder Catherine L. Hughes and Civil Rights Activist, Kwesi Mfume.
Members include the NC Legislative Black Caucus Foundation, the NC Conference of Black Mayors, the NC Black Elected Municipal Officials, the NC Caucus of Black School Board Members, the NC Black County Officials and our partners: The North Carolina State NAACP Council of Branches, the North Carolina Black Leadership Caucus, the North Carolina Association of CDCs, the NC AFL-CIO, the Prince Hall Masons, the NC AARP, the NC Association of Educators, the North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development, the State Employees Association of NC, the NC Black Publishers Association and Old North State Medical Society.