NAACP leader stands firm on her support for gay rights and Latino immigrants

New leader's priorities questioned by some at recent forum

Corine Mack, the newly elected leader of the Charlotte NAACP, got a warm reception at the Tuesday Morning Breakfast Forum, but some who attended the event questioned her stated goal to work more closely with Latino immigrants and the LGBT community.

Specifically, some questioned why, in a Charlotte Observer article last week, Mack referenced those groups but said little about her plans to address issues historically important to African American families — issues such as education, racial discrimination and jobs.

Mack, who moved to Charlotte eight years ago and was elected in January to replace former local NAACP President Kojo Nantmbu, said all of those issues — and more — would be important to her, but she stuck by her commitment to expand her focus beyond the African American community.

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“I am a very strong advocate for those who need,” she said. “I will not sit quietly and see people hurting.”

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