Butterfield Statement on the Passing of Community Activist Fannie Corbett

Feb 20, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today issued the following statement on the passing of Fannie Corbett, community activist and one of the principal organizers of the Wilson Community Improvement Association (WCIA):

“Fannie Corbett was one of the most innovative and progressive community organizers in our state.  From coordinating voter registration drives across East Wilson, to fighting for affordable housing for thousands of low-income residents, to helping establish recreational programs for children, Mrs. Corbett worked tirelessly in the 1960’s and 1970’s to serve as a bridge between the community and Wilson’s elected officials.

“Because of Mrs. Corbett, we know the power everyday people can have in sparking real change.  Wilson was blessed to have Mrs. Corbett and with her passing, we must come together to finish the work she started.  

“My thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Corbett’s family and the countless residents of Wilson and North Carolina inspired by her activism.  May Mrs. Corbett’s legacy live on as part of Wilson’s civil rights story.”