Rocky Mount City Council Meeting – NAACP Statement Removal of Confederate Statue in Rocky Mount September 11, 2017

The Rocky Mount NAACP requests that the Confederate Statue that has been prominently displayed on the Falls Road corridor be removed and placed on private property where those who care to view it and meditate on its meaning can do so without impacting the larger population. Allowing these statues to remain on our main streets and highways, in public squares and in front of courthouses and town halls, tell everyone that Americans today publicly support the violent lynching, brutal rapes and intentional splitting up of black families so that rich, white landowners and other people who sought personal gain at any cost would profit at another human’s demise.

This entire line of reasoning is unjust, evil and delusional. For the above noted reasons, our organization, which was created by white and black women and men to fight and end the lynching of black men in 1909, opposed that thinking then and we actively oppose it now. We ask the Rocky Mount City Council to remove the statue now.

Presented by Curmilus Dancy, 2nd Vice-President

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Students at predominantly black Lee High School start petition to change school name – AL.COM

A group of students at Lee High School in Huntsville have started a petition to change the school’s name to honor the first black student who integrated Lee High.

The petition, which had about 700 signatures as of Sunday, is posted on Change.org and will be delivered to the Huntsville City School board and Mayor Tommy Battle.

Lee High School first opened in 1958, four years after the Brown v. Board of Education decision outlawed school segregation in America. Its mascot is a five-star general and school colors are blue and gray.

According to the petition’s writers, “the naming of the school was a clear statement that Lee High School was for white students only and that Huntsville City Schools had no intention of complying with the Supreme Court’s ruling.”

But what began as an all-white school in the 1950s is nearly 70 percent black in 2017. The school hosts the high school arts magnet program for Huntsville City Schools. (AL.COM)