Saturday, February 2, 2013

NC NAACP Media Advisory: On the Passing of Warrior Sister Anita McNeil, Wife of Wrongfully Incarcerated John McNeil


2 February 2013


For More Information:           Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, 919-394-8137

                                                Mr. Frank Jones, Chair, Free John McNeil Committee,  



On the Passing of Our Warrior Sister Anita McNeil, Wife of Wrongfully Incarcerated John McNeil


WILSON - With extraordinary sadness the North Carolina NAACP and the John McNeil Defense Committee announce that Anita McNeil, wife of John McNeil, transitioned to be with God earlier this afternoon. Anita has been fighting an illness while at the same time fighting for the life of her husband, John McNeil, who has been unjustly incarcerated  in Georgia prisons for the past seven years. Click here for more of their story. 


            "Moments before she passed, I prayed with her and her family in the hospital, and told them how much we loved them and how we were better for knowing her," said Rev. Barber. "Though she could not respond, we are sure she heard us in the spirit. Now, as she reigns with the angels, let us imitate her courage and strength and commitment to justice and right until our day comes."


            One of Anita's final requests was for everyone to keep on fighting for justice. She said, "We can't quit because we're all fighters."


            No funeral arrangements have been made at this time. The NC NAACP asks that everyone keep the McNeil family in their prayers.




Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.


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