Mitchell County remains one of the whitest counties in the state. It’s also one of the most conservative—close to 80 percent of voters there supported Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Who would imagine that Mitchell County and its neighbor, Yancey County, are home to a large, thriving branch of the NAACP? Virtually all of them are white.
The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II spoke as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series on Religion and Culture, a free offering from ECU’s Religious Studies Program.