JUNE 19, 2016
BY: JENNIE GUTIERREZ
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.– NAACP Florida State Conference Adora Obi Nweze talked with local media today to discuss a new NAACP chapter in Wakulla that will officially open tomorrow. She also shared her thoughts on the Charleston church shooting and what steps the NAACP is taking next.
Florida-state conference president Adora Obi Nweze calls the Charleston church shooting disturbing and says something like it can happen right here in North Florida.
“Charleston is not a setback because racism never left us. This kind of violent behavior never left us in this country. That’s why the NAACP is still in business. We’d hoped there would not be a need for a civil rights organization,” she says.
Nweze says launching more NAACP chapters in areas like Wakulla with active members is a way of combating racism in our society.
“You’ve got to be able to get the community to begin to understand that here’s the way do things in 2015. 1960 won’t work,” Nweze says.
Dale Landry the president of the Tallahassee NAACP branch and the vice president of the North Florida conference, says the Wakulla chapter is a long time coming.
“It’s the silence. The loud, roaring silence of all the good people over there that end up being quiet and let this go by,” Landry says.
Both Nweze and Landry say this new chapter will give a voice to residents who want equality and peace.
“It’s one thing to have a voice, but you’ve got to be able to deliver something with your voice. What is it that’s the issue? What do you plan to do about the issue? How are you going to go about getting it done,” says Nweze.
Nweze will be in Wakulla tomorrow afternoon. They will be holding elections at Mt. Olive Baptist Church #2 at 1 pm.