NAACP has a new place to call home in Panama City

By: Amber Southard Email
By: Amber Southard Email

Panama City - The local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has a new place to call home in Bay County.

President of the NAACP’s Florida state conference Odora Obi Nweze came to town today for the dedication of the new office on East 7th Street in downtown Panama City.

The national civil rights group is more than 100 years old and has 150 Bay County members.

Bay County branch president Dr. Rufus Wood is hoping the new office will attract new members while it serves all the people of Bay County.

"We would love to have membership from people throughout our community, because as I said numerous times, I want everybody to know that they are welcomed. We're trying to eliminate prejudice from our society. That is our ultimate aim and goal," said Wood.

The NAACP is holding its annual Freedom Fundraiser this Saturday at the Holiday Inn Select in Panama City starting at 5:30pm.

For more information about the NAACP or their upcoming events you can contact them at 763-5381.


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  • by Brian Location: Panama City on Oct 28, 2010 at 03:00 PM
    So, because both YOUR parents were not racists, then means that the entire NAACP is not racist? Please. The NAACP acts in a racist manner when they make policy decisions and file lawsuits simply based on the skin color of the parties involved. THAT is racism...and it is a historic fact.
  • by Mike Location: PCB on Oct 28, 2010 at 01:35 PM
    NAACP President Ben Jealous' rant and consequent press release condemning the TEA Party proves the NAACP to be the real racists!
  • by Gi Location: Pc on Oct 28, 2010 at 06:13 AM
    Brian, that is just flat out nuts. Wake up dude and turn off Faux news. NAACP is NOT a racist organization. Both of my parents were members for years. They happen to be cacasion. Human rights, basic dignity, equal opportunity, civil rights aren't reserved for one race. If your ancestors had literraly been enslaved perhaps you would a bit more wary of those that did it. That isn't racism, it's self preservation. Minorities have often been victims. That the descendants of the oppressors live with the consequences shuoldn't be surprised. So, let's ALL get over it, go to the fundraiser, make some new friends and create a race neutral future starting NOW.
  • by Brian Location: Panama City on Oct 28, 2010 at 05:33 AM
    When the local NAACP came out against the Boot Camp staff before all the facts were known, they lost all credibility. They took a position based solely on the skin color of the victim. THAT is racism. They are a racist organization and should be called out as such.
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