From Civil Rights Lawyer to a Run for NC Supreme Court

Firestarter Anita Earls tells Rural Assembly participants that democracy is threatened by the lack of inclusion in solving community problems.


Anita Earls founded the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, a North Carolina-based civil rights nonprofit organization that partners with communities of color and economically disadvantaged communities in the South to defend and advance their political, social, and economic rights.

Earls, a candidate for North Carolina Supreme Court, worries about what she sees as a trend of ignoring many community voices.

“What I see us facing right now is a true threat to our democracy, ” Earls said. “We now have forces that don’t believe in the importance of having every voice at the table.”