CINCINNATI (AP) - NAACP leaders meeting in in Cincinnati say
they will step up their campaign against flying of the Confederate
battle flag on state grounds in South Carolina.
Dennis Courtland Hayes, interim president and CEO, said Monday
at the civil rights organization's national convention that action
plans are in the works and to stay tuned for details.
The NAACP and other critics call the rebel flag a symbol of
slavery and racism. Its defenders call it an emblem of Southern
pride and heritage.
A 2000 compromise removed the flag from the Capitol dome in
South Carolina. It now flies on Statehouse grounds near the
Confederate Soldier Monument.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
has continued a boycott of the state.
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