Annapolis panel, NAACP to meet on redistricting

May 31, 2001|By Johnathon E. Briggs | Johnathon E. Briggs,SUN STAFF

Annapolis' redistricting committee will meet next week with local NAACP representatives who are concerned about how the committee proposes redrawing the city's eight voting districts.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People says Annapolis' proposal is unfair to African-Americans - who make up more than 30 percent of the city's population - and is pushing a plan that would create three majority-black wards and most likely result in the election of a third African-American alderman. There are now two on the city council.

The NAACP plan calls for African-American majorities of 61 percent in Wards 3 and 4 and a nearly 57 percent majority in Ward 5.

The city committee's plan would create an African-American majority of nearly 78 percent in Ward 3 and nearly 56 percent in Ward 6. A third district, Ward 4, would be nearly 49 percent African-American, but its total minority population would be just under 51 percent, and would include people who identify themselves as Asian, as members of two or more races or as "other."

The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Stanton Community Center in Annapolis.

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