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Pembroke OKs NAACP rally
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Pembroke City Council voted Thursday to allow a march and rally by the NAACP in June.

The event is to be held June 8 beginning 6 p.m. at Warnell Avenue, ending in front of city hall with a brief rally at 7 p.m. before the Council meeting that evening.

The march, according to Bryan County NAACP Interest Group Chairman Dave Williams, is to commemorate the pending charter of the Bryan County NAACP as a national organization.

"It’s also to promote justice and equality for all," he said.

Williams expects approximately 100 people to participate in the march and rally.

Mayor Pro-tem Johnnie Miller expressed concern over parking in the Warnell Avenue area.

"There are a lot of older, retired people who live in the area who may not be happy with all the cars parked in the area," he said.

Another concern, expressed by council member Doug Kangeter, was the busy traffic at the time the march is scheduled to begin.

In addition, Mayor Judy Cook said the Department of Transportation has the final say on all state roads, which include Hwy. 280 and Hwy 67 where city hall is located.

Council voted to approve the request, pending approval by DOT and traffic safety police.

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