Former NAACP leader Tolbert remembered for advocacy work

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Former West Virginia NAACP President James Tolbert was buried Thursday, one week after his death.

James Tolbert

The Charles Town native, who was known across the state for his advocacy work, is being remembered for his impact on West Virginia.

During an appearance Thursday on Panhandle Live on MetroNews affiliate WEPM in Martinsburg, Martinsburg-Berkeley County NAACP Treasurer Christina Lundberg said it had been a pleasure working with Tolbert over the last 10 years.

“Always there when you needed him, always upbeat, always friendly, always ready to help,” Lundberg said.

She puts Tolbert in good company.

“You think about Martin Luther King (Jr.), well it was James Toblert in this area,” Lundberg said.

The West Virginia University Center for Black Culture and Research actually honored Tolbert in 2011 with the Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award for his work furthering civil rights, humanitarianism and equality in West Virginia.

Tolbert, who was a veteran of the Korean War, served as president of the West Virginia State NAACP for more than two decades.

He was 85 at the time of his death.

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