The NAACP is celebrating its centennial at its annual convention this week, and Louisville’s branch president is leading a 28 person local delegation at the event in New York.
Raoul Cunningham says he hopes to learn how other cities are dealing with problems in the areas of criminal justice and education.
“We’re looking to see how other communities have dealt with lack of African-Americans on juries, sentencing, police, arrests,” he says.
Cunningham also says he doesn’t think local school officials have seriously considered racial gaps in school achievement and discipline.
“Those are things that we need to have some honest and frank discussions with the school board on or the superintendent and the staff to see how these areas can be corrected or improved,” he says.
Cunningham says other delegations are interested in learning the details of Jefferson County Public Schools’ new student assignment plan, which he supports.