The state NAACP wants more African-American judges appointed to U.S. District Courts in the state.
In an open letter to U.S. Sens. Kay Hagan and Richard Burr, the state's largest civil rights group said the senators should recommend an African American to serve as U.S. District Court judge in the Eastern District.
"With only one African American federal District Court Judge presently seated, North Carolina has the least diverse bench of all states in the South," wrote the Rev. William Barber, state NAACP president.
The state has never had an African-American federal judge in the Eastern District, where about half of the state's African American population resides, he wrote. "This exclusion is unacceptable and an embarrassment to this State and its African American community."