(7/12/11): Cincinnati NAACP President Smitherman Against Closing of Melrose and Williams YMCA
The YMCA Board is making a big mistake economically, socially, and politically in closing YMCA's in African American neighborhoods.
CINCINNATI, OHIO - JULY 12, 2011 - The YMCA Board is making a big
mistake economically, socially, and politically in closing YMCA's in
African American neighborhoods while expanding other locations without
serious political ramifications. The YMCA will need the African
American community in the future and this decision will close all
doors. "The Melrose YMCA and the Williams YMCA have a rich history
and still maintain significant community support. Health indicators
in the African American community continue to get worse and the YMCA
Board has decided to close two locations in African American
neighborhoods. Many of the health problems that impact the African
American community are directly related to the lack of exercise. I
urge the YMCA to reconsider their August deadline," Christopher
Smtiherman, president of the Cincinnati NAACP said.
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