Community Activist Denounces Clarksville, TN Mayors Snub of NAACP President.
Never, in the more than 50 year history of this local branch, has a sitting Mayor refused to meet with an NAACP President.
[USPRwire, Tue Mar 06 2007] Terry McMoore, Director of the Urban Resource Center, publicly denounced the snubbing of NAACP President Jimmie M. Garland, Sr. and its organization by Clarksville Mayor, Johnny E. Piper. During all my years of service to the community of Clarksville - Montgomery County, as both a former State NAACP Official and Political Action Chairman, I refuse to stand by idly while people of color are treated unfairly, our city mayor continues to turn his back to our issues and publicly disrespects the NAACP and its President.
Never, in the more than 50 year history of this local branch, has a sitting Mayor refused to meet with an NAACP President. When Mayor Johnny Piper snubs the local association he has without a doubt snubbed its entire membership body, the African American community and the rich history that surrounds the nation’s largest and oldest Civil Rights organization and its worldwide constituency and supporters.
Looking back at the recent slow response of our National Government toward the victims of hurricane Katrina and the comments and feelings of Americans and leaders worldwide raises the same questions here locally and is on the lips of many in the African American community, “Does Clarksville Mayor Johnny Piper Like or Even Care About Black People?”
Mr. McMoore has issued a call to action on the part of all citizens of Clarksville regardless of race or nationality to write, email or call the Mayor’s office and demand the immediate dismantlement of the Good ole boy system, an immediate halt to snubbing of the NAACP organization, a true cleanup of the hostile working environment that continues to exist for black police officers, minorities, and women at the Clarksville Police Department, and a place at the table for more minority citizens so that the local government begins to truly resemble the diversity of our great city.
Contact for this release:
Terry McMoore Director Urban Resource Center