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National NAACP President Arrives in Colorado Springs

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COLORADO SPRINGS -  The national NAACP President and CEO, Cornell William Brooks, arrived in Colorado Springs Friday evening for three days of meetings, events and action in response to the recent bombing at the Colorado Springs NAACP branch.  

It's been almost three weeks since the January 6, 2015, attack on the local office.

"Since the attempted bombing of this organization we've just had a flood of people," said Colorado Springs NAACP branch President Henry Allen, Jr.

He said people have been reaching out to offer help and encouragement over the past few weeks, and that community has really come together.

"Delivering food, doing volunteer work, what else can we do, even donating their funds," said Allen, Jr. "That's what this organization stands for, to embrace everyone in this community."

But the attack is garnering help from beyond Colorado Springs. 

"When this incident happened, President Brooks called me directly on my cell phone," said Allen, Jr.

He said Brooks expressed concern and offered assistance, saying this when the attack happened, "Whatever resources that you need, let us know.... There's nothing beyond the limit of our scope to make sure the Colorado Springs branch is safe, that the membership is safe and that they feel comfortable coming back to work."

Now the NAACP President himself has made his way to Colorado Springs.

"We are ecstatic for him to be here," said Allen, Jr.

But more than anything, he hopes President Brooks' visit will be encouraging to the members and volunteers.  He said this is a chance for local members to make their voices heard to the national leaders.

"This is not about the president of this organization.  This is about those men and women who come into this office four days a week, eight hours a day, volunteering their time and effort to make this organization work."

Brooks will hold a luncheon and then state conference meeting at Colorado College Saturday afternoon.  On Sunday, Brooks, an ordained minister, is set to deliver a sermon at 11:00am at the New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Fountain. The service is open to the public.
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