NAACP holding town meeting on housing for poor in Annapolis

April 09, 2001

A town meeting that organizers say is "to ascertain the state of housing for the poor in the city of Annapolis" is being held next week by the county branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, in commemoration of the 33rd anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

"Many governmental agencies have declared that April is `Fair Housing Month,'" said Gerald G. Stansbury, county NAACP president, "and because Dr. King gave his life for the poor, we believe that this will give us an opportunity to focus public attention on the plight of the poor in Annapolis."

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. April 17 at First Baptist Church, 31 W. Washington St., and a second session would be scheduled a week later if the turnout warrants it, Stansbury said.

Comment will be heard by a panel headed by the branch's first vice president, Henry R. Parker, with current and former public officials, community activists and newspaper representatives invited to join him. The panel might be asked to look into issues raised at the meeting, Stansbury said.

After the meeting, the NAACP plans to make recommendations to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, Annapolis city council and Annapolis Housing Authority.

Although the focus of the meeting will be public housing, comment will be welcome "on the state of housing for the poor in general," the NAACP said.

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