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: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney Says He'll Be Happy When He's Not Mayor Following Fourth Of July Shooting
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: Man Shot Multiple Times, Killed Near His Home In East Germantown: Philadelphia Police
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 Dies After Being Found Shot In LA Fitness Parking Lot In Northeast Philadelphia, Police Say
President Barack Obama will speak tomorrow, with remarks from former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday.