Cornell William Brooks, president and CEO of the NAACP, has scheduled a three-day visit to Colorado Springs, Colo., following the bombing of an NAACP office there.
Brooks and members of the NAACP national office, which is based in Baltimore, will visit Colorado Springs on Jan. 23, 24 and 25th, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization announced Monday in an email message.
The NAACP’s Denver, Colo., office reported on Jan. 6 that the Colorado Springs office had been the target of a hate crime.
The FBI, which is investigating the bombing, said it is looking for a 40 year-old balding white man with closely cropped hair who was seen fleeing the scene of the bombing. The person of interest sped away in a white pickup truck with a missing or covered rear license plate and a missing taillight.
The man allegedly placed an improvised explosive device near a can filled with gasoline but the can did not explode. The explosive device, however, damaged the building’s wall.
The FBI, The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and the Colorado Springs Police held a news conference on Jan. 9 at which the FBI offered a $10,000 reward for credible information leading to the man’s arrest.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, a Montgomery, Ala.-based organization that monitors hate crimes, said NAACP offices have been the targets of eight bombings since 1965.
To bring more attention to the bombing, which was largely ignored by corporate media, Brooks and the NAACP staff will hold reception on Friday at the Mining Exchange Wyndham Grand Hotel in Colorado Springs.
A Unity Luncheon will be held at noon on Saturday in Bemis Great Hall at Colorado College, and on Sunday, a worship service will be offered at New Jerusalem Baptist Church. The service will begin at noon.
Brooks, an ordained minister, will deliver Saturday’s keynote address and the Sunday sermon.
According to 2010 census data, African Americans constitute 6.3 per cent of Colorado’s Spring’s population. Based on data from the same year, the black population of the state of Colorado is 4.0 per cent.