NAACP, SCLC seek meeting with Gov. Deal

Two of the nation's most powerful civil right organizations wanted to sit down with Governor Nathan Deal and begin talking about removing Confederate symbols not only in Georgia, but also the nation.

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the NAACP claim the governor canceled the meeting.

"What we are calling for is a meeting with the governor to discuss the symbols of hate that have been carved on that mountain.  We tried to have a meeting this morning and we were told that it was not the right time," said NAACP attorney Gerald Griggs.

The governor's office told FOX 5 News that a meeting was never scheduled. A spokesperson said Gov. Nathan Deal was out of the office Friday and not available. 

The organizations are not ready to call for a boycott yet, but they said they have options that involve public protesting.

"It has been a long time since I've been to jail. I am ready to go to jail, march, demonstrate and do whatever it takes," a fired-up Charles Stelle Jr. said. Steele is the national president for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Meantime, sources told FOX 5 News that the FBI has taken over the investigation into who scattered four Confederate flags on the campus of Ebenezer Baptist Church. Police released surveillance video of two white men walking near church grounds Thursday morning. They call them persons of interest. 

Ebenezer's senior pastor said Georgia lawmakers need to get involved.

"Georgia is one of five states without any hate crime statues on the books. That needs to be changed," reasoned Ebenezer Senior Pastor Rev. Rapheal Warnock.

App users click here for more images and video

Up Next:

  • Popular

  • Recent

Stories you may be interested in - includes advertiser stories