The opening ceremony is on the 15th, so there will be some people coming in,'' said Dwight James, executive director of the states NAACP. This year, we're sending an advanced signal.''
Members will gather at two island locations on April 14 to protest the state's continued flying of the Confederate flag on Statehouse grounds.
It's important for people of good will to stand against symbols of oppression,'' James said. Especially this symbol in South Carolina, which says it's OK to disrespect African-Americans, who comprise a third of the state's population.''
Last year, the NAACP protested for three days, ending with about 125 supporters holding a rally and marching near Town Hall during the third round of the tournament.
The NAACP Southeastern Conference in Charlotte, N.C., is being held at the same time, therefore limiting this year's protest to one day without a march, James said.
The tournament runs through April 21.
Last month, members protested at state welcome centers along the state's borders to inform visitors about the NAACP's ongoing boycott, which began in January 2000.
In July 2000, a compromise in the General Assembly removed the Confederate flag from atop the Statehouse dome, but a similar flag was hoisted at the Confederate Soldier Monument on Statehouse grounds.
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