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Louisiana NAACP Holds Civil Rights March

Ernest Johnson, president of the Louisiana branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People called a march for Saturday on the state capitol in response to Republican Gov. Mike Fosters executive order last month abolishing affirmative action and minority set-aside programs. Foster had also supported a federal court-drawn congressional redistricting plan that eliminates one of the states two majority black districts.

The march was expected to draw 20,000 people. Weve worked hard for a non-violent, peaceful march, and we intend to keep it that way, Johnson said.

Meanwhile, a significantly smaller group of white supremacists--the National Association for the Advancement of White People--planned its own rally at the Old State Capitol. The NAAWP rally was called to support the governors actions and will feature as a key speaker David Duke, former Ku Klux Klan leader and founder of the NAAWP.

Media Resources: The Nando Times and Reuter Information Service- February 23, 1996