NAACP Leaders to Publicly Oppose New Efforts to Bring a College Bowl Game to Charleston

NAACP leaders to urge NCAA to uphold sanctions on championship events until the Confederate flag is removed from in front of the State Capitol building


Press Conference
Tuesday August 20th at 3 p.m.
81 Columbus Street, Charleston, S.C.

WHO:
Rev. Nelson B. Rivers III, Vice President of Stakeholder Relations; Dr. Lonnie Randolph, South Carolina State Conference President; Dorothy Scott, President of the Charleston Branch of the NAACP; Rev. Joseph Darby, First Vice-President of the Charleston Branch of the NAACP

WHAT:
On Tuesday, August 20, at 3 p.m., local NAACP leaders will publicly oppose any new efforts to bring a college bowl game to South Carolina until the Confederate flag that flies in front of the State Capitol building is removed.

“The NAACP will oppose all efforts to bring any bowl game to South Carolina,” said Rev. Nelson Rivers III, vice president of stakeholder relations for the NAACP. “The NAACP considers the Confederate flag a symbol of slavery, hate and oppression. We will not rest until this odious symbol of human bondage is removed.”

In 2000, after sustained protests, the state of South Carolina transported the Confederate flag from atop of the Capitol building, to an even more egregious position -- the front door of the state house. In 2001, the NCAA subsequently banned championship events at "pre-determined sites" in South Carolina, and expanded that ban to include bowl games in 2004.

WHEN/WHERE:
3 p.m.
Charleston Branch, NAACP,
81 Columbus Street, Charleston, S.C.

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