NAACP fight for a chapter in Anderson County

Oak Ridge,Tenn. (WVLT) The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has been without an Oak Ridge chapter for more than a decade.

Gloria Sweet-Love President of the Tennessee Conference NAACP says, "We're going to be addressing economic and housing police and criminal justice, and all other kinds of issues. "

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People renewed its chapter in Anderson County, a move that took longer than 15 years.

Courtney Elledge reporting,"Anderson County is a county full of racial history. In fact the old Clinton High school behind me was the first de-segregated school in the South. That's why nationally the NAACP says they knew they had to recreate a chapter here."

Today's troubled teens is the main reason for bringing back the chapter in Anderson County.

As a mother of four sons, Gloria says this chapter can serve as a quick on-call resource for our youth.

Love says, "I know It's difficult to raise young sons, but these men are here. They will work to try and get a youth council started. They will be sure that they have got mentoring programs."

The NAACP is still searching for a permanent location for all teens to access anytime in Oak Ridge.


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