Two weeks. That’s how long Atlanta NAACP president Richard Rose says he has tried to get a meeting with Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. Rose, along with SCLC president Dr. Charles Steele and Atlanta attorney Gerald Griggs are calling for the removal of all symbols of the Confederacy from public property in Georgia. A request to meet with Deal, they say, was declined. The groups say they are calling for “the removal of all symbols of hate maintained on public lands”. Their outcry is heightened now by the placement of Confederate flags at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, which followed the deadly shootings at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, SC., and a number of church burnings. While the Governor’s Office, according to a broadcast report, acknowledges that the group properly filed a meeting request, it claims that Deal is out of town and is not able to meet with the groups.
-Maria Boynton, CBS Local