Lonnie Randolph, president of the South Carolina NAACP, announced today that the group's annual conference will be held in Charlotte rather than in South Carolina.
This will be the ninth year of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's boycott of South Carolina, which started in opposition to state's decision to continue flying the Confederate flag on the state house grounds.
"Some people call it an anniversary," Randolph said during a press conference on the steps of the Freedom Center in downtown Rock Hill. "I don't call a tragic thing an anniversary. I call it an observance."
Last month, leaders of the mostly black Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) voted to move its 2010 convention from South Carolina after the NAACP reminded them of the boycott. The denomination has about 700,000 members, mainly in the midwest and central United States.
The NCAA, collegiate sports' governing body, the Southeastern Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference each have honored the boycott by pledging not to bring any championship events to South Carolina.
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