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Women’s History Month: Hamlet’s Deberry strives for justice

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As the district attorney for the 16th Prosecutorial District (Durham County) for the past two years, Hamlet native Satana Deberry is making history in our state and representing Richmond County to the fullest.

Both of her parents were educators in Richmond County and her grandparents taught in Richmond and Scotland counties. Deberry graduated from Princeton University in 1991 with a Sociology degree and received her juris doctorate in 1994 from Duke University. In 2006, she returned to Duke University and received a Master of Business Administration, Health Sector Management from the Fuqua School of Business in 2006. 

After a brief stint practicing law in Washington, D.C., Deberry returned to North Carolina and practiced criminal defense law for several years before transitioning to become the director of the Foreclosure Prevention Project from 2000-2001. Next she worked for the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services for five years until she became a senior associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in 2006 until 2008. In 2011, she became the executive director of the N.C. Housing Coalition in the Raleigh/ Durham area for six years until she was elected into her current position. 

Deberry has remained committed to dismantling the systems that restrict the lives of poor people, families, communities of color, and other marginalized and underrepresented groups. She is also very committed to her role as a proud mother of three girls — Kimberly, Grace and Zora. 


Although she does not live in the county, we are still so proud to claim Deberry and celebrate her many accomplishments. 

Join us today in recognizing this leading lady as she is the perfect example of a history-making woman from Richmond County!  

Meghann Lambeth is executive director of the Richmond County Tourism Development Authority. Republished from visitrichmondcounty.com. Throughout March, Visit Richmond County will feature a local leading lady in honor of Women’s History Month.

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