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African-American Groups Say They Want a Voice in N.C.

Posted July 2, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Members of the North Carolina NAACP along with members of the Legislative Black Caucus say their voices are not being heard and they want to see that rectified. They say you'll be seeing and hearing a lot more from them from now on.

A large delegation from each group packed a conference room at the General Assembly Wednesday to say they are being shut out of the decision making process on welfare reform, historically black colleges, and the state's budget.

Some say it's government leadership's fault they are being left out. Rep. Mickey Michaud (D-Durham) said he thinks officials are insensitive.

NAACP President Skip Alston said the groups plan to have higher visibility.

The group went on to the legislature to lobby and voice opinions. Some government leaders said they think some of the opinions expressed Wednesday morning were a little off base.