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April 9th, 2009 By | News | Posted In: Community, News, Social Justice, Protests, City Council, NAACP

NAACP Speaks/Sings To City Council [Photos]

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The NAACP turned out to the City Council meeting Wednesday to start the conversation about a disproportionate amount of city contracts awarded to non-minority contractors. Many of the speakers said that of the $1 billion worth of contracts awarded by the city, less than 1 percent were given to minorities.

Here are photos from the event:

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NAACP member Elizabeth Sanford of Walnut Hills waits for the City Council meeting's session of comments from the public to begin.

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NAACP Health Committee Chair Victoria Straughn applauds the speakers during the session.

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Dozen of NAACP members filed the room to speak about the vast majority of city contracts going to non-minorities.

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Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory listened on for well over an hour to the comments, which usually last about half as long.

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The main floor of the council chambers was so full that many people sat in the balcony.

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NAACP member Eugene Smith of Kennedy Heights applauds after the crowd spontaneously sang "Lift Every Voice and Sing."

 
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