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NAACP Meets in Raleigh Thursday

Posted October 30, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Things have changed a lot since the fight for civil rights during the 1960's, but the fight is far from over. That was expected to be a topic of much discussion as members of the NAACP from all over North Carolina planned to meet in Raleigh's Wake Chapel Thursday.

NAACP leaders say that as the times and issues change, the organization needs to change as well. After an opening session at the chapel, the group will continue to meet through there and at the North Raleigh Hilton.

The NAACP convention will include workshops and discussion groups over the next few days, and will focus on some weighty issues. For Thursday, the emphasis was on re-establishing ties to the African-American church.

One issue that will be the subject of discussion is that of the NAACP's changing role. Executive Director Keith Sutton says the organization needs to change in order to work within a changed world.

A highlight of the convention will take place Friday at 5 p.m. in front of the Hilton. Group members will hold a candlelight vigil with a theme of "Stop the Violence, Start the Love".

Photographer:Joe Frieda