Hundreds gathered at Public Square in downtown Cleveland, Ohio Nov. 18, 2016 to rally against United States President-elect Donald Trump. The protesters said they were angry over Trump's insensitive campaign rhetoric and the lack of diversity and people of consequence as to Trump's transition team and cabinet nominees
By Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman, a-24-year journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio for 17 years, and who interviewed now President Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview,
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Brooks and the five others were each charged with second-degree criminal trespassing and were led out of the building peacefully in handcuffs. (Editor's note: The Cleveland Chapter NAACP, which was not a participant in Tuesday's sit-in in Alabama, will install officers, including its incumbent president, Michael Nelson Sr., at its regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 6 pm at the Greater Friendship Baptist Church on Arlington Avenue in Cleveland).
Prior to the high-profile arrests, which came after most of the demonstrators had left, the protesters at Sessons' office Tuesday, led by Brooks, 55 and national president of the NAACP since 2014, were allowed to pray.
"We thank the efforts of the NAACP for the voices of those that have been marginalized," one protester said.
The NAACP activists said they are angry over Sessions' allegedly 'hostile' attitude toward Civil Rights and the Voting Rights Act, which was weakened by a Supreme Court decision in 2013.
About six cops showed for the arrest of Brooks and the other five civilly disobedient protesters, all of whom say the fight for equal opportunity and equal justice for Black people in America has been heightened under a Donald Trump administration.
“We are engaging in a voluntary act of civil disobedience," Brooks told police before getting arrested. "We try to conduct ourselves in a peaceful manner, a nonviolent manner.”
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