Education, Economics Are Focus For Brand-new NAACP Leader

January 12, 2015 Nemes Random

Today marks a brand-new chapter for the Pensacola chapter of the NAACP, a civil liberties organization that has battled for equality in Northwest Florida considering that 1919.

Charles D. Thornton Sr., 62, organizes the company today as the country grapples with concerns of race and equality across the land.Ive always been active in the neighborhood, stated Thornton, a retired civil service employee and Air Force Reserves master sergeant, who likewise served two years active dutyactive service in the Marine Corps. Ive endured the civil rights struggle and know the challenges.Thornton succeeds previous president John Veasley.When reflecting on the social, educational, economical and judicial disparities permeating daily life, many minorities feel they are not facing a broken system, Thornton stated from the NAACP branch workplace on Pace Boulevard. They feel these myriads of civil injustices are in fact a symptom of a system that is doing precisely what it was intended to do.Thornton noted that in 2012, Escambia County was the 17th poorest county in the nation, and the poorest in Florida

. He understands the stats on the effects of poverty on the young, explaining that 29 area schools have 75 percent of its students getting free or lowered lunches. He mentioned a Wall Street Journal story that mentioned that earnings in Escambia County have actually declined because 2004. You look around, and theres a lot of things going on in our neighborhood that need to be attended to, he stated. My goals are to work for economic

development, which is one of my major issues and concerns. There is an economic gap, a disparity between people, for whatever reasons. We require to determine the particular problems every now and then deal with the options later. But you have to understand the nature of the problem first.Thornton said he is likewise committed to issues of justice and law, stating there is commonly variation in how blacks fare in the court system compared to whites.Im thinking about education and attempting

to get more African Americans into entering into the education system, he stated. Right now, theres an absence of understanding and tolerance for a lot of students. Theres no understanding of their backgrounds.Thornton stated the local chapter, which has about 250 members, will certainly increase its relationship with other organizations, whether government, civic or company, to helpto assist resolve issues in the community. He said he is already preparing committees to resolve

certain issues.Our motion starts on the ground and develops, he stated. We have the individualsindividuals right here who are committed to the cause. Individuals are ready for change. Were trying to develop an organization that we can pass on to the next generation.For information on the Pensacola branch of the NAACP:


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