A group of Jamestown residents is working to revive a local chapter of the NAACP.
One of the organizers, Dr. William Wilkinson, said Jamestown has not had a chapter for 30 years.
"There has been a lot of progress, but there are still subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, problems of civil rights in the area," he said. "Now the energy seems to be here and the interest, and this is the time to move."
Wilkinson said 33 people met last Friday at the YWCA to help launch the effort. He believes the affiliation would give local efforts the support of a powerful national organization.
"One of the beauties of the NAACP is that by having the national affiliation, the things that we do that are unique and helpful can be models for other places, and so we can learn from them as well," he said.
"We also hope to join with those who have been involved in outreach to our youth -- people like the Department of Health and AIDS Community Services and the AIDS Coalition -- to be another voice for positive things that can happen in our region."