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:
NAACP member Elizabeth Sanford of Walnut Hills waits for the City Council meeting's session of comments from the public to begin.
NAACP Health Committee Chair Victoria Straughn applauds the speakers during the session.
Dozen of NAACP members filed the room to speak about the vast majority of city contracts going to non-minorities.
Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory listened on for well over an hour to the comments, which usually last about half as long.
The main floor of the council chambers was so full that many people sat in the balcony.
NAACP member Eugene Smith of Kennedy Heights applauds after the crowd spontaneously sang "Lift Every Voice and Sing."