Wednesday, January 22, 2014
President of NAACP, Georgetown Chapter
Native of Georgetown
Lives in Santee section of Georgetown County
Retired as service operator from International Paper Co. after 41 years
Member of North Santee Action Club and Singleton A.M.E. Church
How long have you been involved with the NAACP?
I've been involved with the NAACP since back during the marches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
This time of year brings back lot of fond memories.
I got to meet Dr. King and I marched with him several times.
He was a good man.
I'm glad we now celebrate his birthday as a national holiday.
The NAACP was represented in Saturday's MLK parade in Georgetown.
What things have changed since Dr. King's day?
Some of the people have changed, but we still have a lot of discrimination all over the country.
It is a good thing that President Obama and other black people have been elected to public office, but there is still bias.
Take all the programs that the President has tried to set forth.
People are steadily cutting him down based only on the color of his skin.
A lot of people didn't vote for him because he is black.
Why are you involved with the NAACP?
I am involved because people, especially black people, are still being discriminated against.
Some of the struggles we've gone through we are still going through.
A lot has changed and there are some good signs, but a lot of discrimination is still here and faces us daily.
I have traveled all over the U.S. and there is discrimination everywhere, although it is more prevalent in the South.
It shouldn't be like that today, but people will be people.
If we can get rid of discrimination, we can do away with the NAACP and a lot of other social groups.
What does the NAACP do for people?
People who have been discriminated against, either on the job or in public, are always calling us.
We try to be a mediator before filing a wrongful discrimination lawsuit.
We try to talk to both parties and find out what is happening.
Sometimes the person doesn't know he or she has discriminated against the other person. It's not always clear.
We file lawsuits with the federal government, either individual or class action.
We do whatever is necessary to correct the situation.
We work with people of all colors, not just black people.
If anyone has a concern or complaint about discrimination, they can call me at 546-9369,
What message would you like to share about discrimination?
We should all get past our prejudice.
All people are equal, regardless of race or sex.
As Dr. King said, “We shall overcome.”
Can you tell me about your family?
I have six children, two boys and four girls.
I have seven grandchildren, four boys and three girls.
– As told to Clayton Stairs