- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. (AP) - A group of about 100 people has gathered in an effort to form an NAACP branch in the mostly white Grosse Pointe suburbs of Detroit.

People at the Wednesday night gathering at a Grosse Pointe Park restaurant turned in membership applications and money for the branch formation. The Detroit News (https://bit.ly/1MKlnQy ) reports the new chapter isn’t expected to get certified until next month’s national board meeting of the NAACP.

The chapter would aim to promote tolerance and diversity in the five Grosse Pointe communities and Harper Woods. Demographics have shifted in the area in recent years, and organizer Greg Bowens says Wednesday’s crowd of both black and white people showed the area’s diversity.

The new branch would also put together fine arts programs and area youth activities.

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Information from: The Detroit News, https://detnews.com/

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