NAACP leaders will push Confederate flag issue


CINCINNATI (AP) — NAACP leaders meeting in in Cincinnati say they will step up their campaign against flying of the Confederate battle flag on state grounds in South Carolina.

Dennis Courtland Hayes, interim president and CEO, said Monday at the civil rights organization’s national convention that action plans are in the works and to stay tuned for details.

The NAACP and other critics call the rebel flag a symbol of slavery and racism. Its defenders call it an emblem of Southern pride and heritage.

A 2000 compromise removed the flag from the Capitol dome in South Carolina. It now flies on Statehouse grounds near the Confederate Soldier Monument.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has continued a boycott of the state.