Pictured are NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks (wearing blue tie) and U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala), the controversial attorney general nominee of President-elecet Donald Trump
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,
CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-MOBILE, Alabama- Cornell William Brooks, the CEO and national president of the NAACP, and five others were arrested Tuesday night following a 30 person sit-in at the Mobile, Alabama office of Republican U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, whom president-elect Donald Trump's has nominated for attorney general amid opposition from congressional Democrats and Black Civil Rights leaders across the country (Editor's note: Protests have erupted across America since Trump's election, many angry over the make-up of his transition team and cabinet member selections, including White men allegedly hostile to Civil Rights gains such as Sessions, Stephen K. Bannon, Trump's senior counsel and chief strategist, 70, and CIA director nominee Mike Pompeo. Some 700 people, led by activist Marty Krebs, rallied on Public Square in Cleveland, Ohio in protest on Nov. 18, including Imperial Women Coalition leader Kathy Wray Coleman, who demanded in her speech that Trump diversify his cabinet picks to include consequential people of color and women, saying people of color and women are at risk with a Trump administration.
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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, by design, 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.
About six cops showed for the arrest Brooks of 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.”