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NAACP Supports Boycott Of Greenville MLK Memorial Breakfast

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GREENVILLE, N.C. — The local NAACP leader in Greenville said he supports a boycott of Monday's community breakfast honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

The boycott is to protest the City Council's refusal to rename all of a major street for the slain civil rights leader. The street now bears King's name only where it passes through a predominantly black neighborhood. The rest of the route is called Fifth Street.

The president of the state Southern Christian Leadership Conference chapter said his organization will avoid this year's event, sponsored by the city and the local Chamber of Commerce.

The NAACP Pitt County chapter president is urging his members to do the same.

Chamber of Commerce president Suzanne Sartelle said she thinks boycotting an event designed to encourage local unity is not helpful.

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