PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The NAACP convention is well underway at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The organization’s leaders have laid out the road map for the future throughout the gathering.
“There are many who are wondering whether we are up to the task,” said NAACP President Cornell Brooks.READ MORE: Fired-Up Sixers Fans Pack Wells Fargo Center For Home Opener
Brooks offered the keynote speech for day three’s opening plenary session. He spoke about the murder of nine people in Charleston, the killing of Black men like Walter Scott, Michael Brown and others by police, and the gutting of the voting rights act.
Brooks characterized them all as reasons to hit the streets to prove Black Lives Matter.
“We were built for this moment, we will march!”READ MORE: Student Shoots Himself In Leg Inside West Philadelphia School With Metal Detectors, Police Say
The group is planning an 860 mile march from Selma to Washington D.C. to galvanize support and that will focus on key issues.
Meanwhile local grassroots groups complained about being left out of the convention. Minister Rodney Muhammad leads the NAACP Philadelphia Chapter and says reorganization of the local branch, likely left the groups in the dark.
“After I officially became president a lot of the negotiation for this convention had already taken place,” Muhammad said.MORE NEWS: Man Shot, Killed Inside West Philadelphia Corner Store, Police Say
President Barack Obama will speak tomorrow, with remarks from former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday.