LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The president of Arkansas State Conference of NAACP Dale Charles issued a press release concerning the lack of an African-American being on the Arkansas State Board of Commissioners.
Charles says in the release, "Keeping in mind how the African-American vote was suppressed prior to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, it is expected that Arkansas would be in step with the law."
Charles says that based on research by the NAACP, there hasn't been an African-American on the Board for several years. Because of this, they're calling upon Gov. Mike Beebe, Sec. of State Mark Martin, Speaker of the House Robert Moore, President Pro Tem Paul Bookout, Republican party chairman Doyle Webb, and Democratic party chairman Will Bond for changes.
NAACP was founded in 1909 and it's the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization.