Lee Co. NAACP gets go-ahead to picket county over Robert E. Lee portrait
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Lee County NAACP says it got approval from the state NAACP to picket Lee County over the Robert E. Lee portrait that hangs in the commission chambers.
"It's a symbol of racism and division," Lee County NAACP President James Muwakkil said in a July 9th interview.
Muwakkil sent a letter to Lee County commissioners in early July, asking them to take down the portrait, but they voted to keep it up.
So Sunday night, Muwakkil sent out an email, saying the county "proudly displays General Robert E. Lee's portrait," and that "General Lee did not believe blacks should hold any positions in government."
The email also cites the county's lack of black department heads and black contractors as more reasons the NAACP wants the portrait taken down.
Muwakkil told Fox 4 he is now brainstorming with the state NAACP President ways to move forward, which could include a sit-in at the chambers, picketing and protesting.
District Two Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass told Fox 4 he expected this reaction, especially after the Commission voted to keep the portrait.