NAACP Will 'Bury' Slur At Gathering
Saturday, July 7, 2007
DETROIT -- Julian Bond wants people to understand that when the NAACP symbolically buries the N-word on Monday, the effort will be led by the younger members of the venerable civil rights organization.
"Seven young people are on our board of directors, and they are spearheading this initiative," said Bond, the group's chairman. "This is the continuation of a long fight against the denigration of African Americans in popular culture. If it's someone black or someone white, it's equally wrong."
The burial will highlight the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's 98th annual convention, its seventh in Detroit. The gathering will kick off Saturday and run through Thursday.
More than 8,000 people are expected to attend. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is to speak at a dinner on Tuesday, and a presidential candidates forum is scheduled for Thursday. Bond said all the Democratic candidates have confirmed their scheduled participation.