NAACP Seeks Lott's Resignation

The Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP held a small protest in Jackson Monday where leaders called for U.S. Senator Trent Lott to resign from the Senate.

A mixed-race crowd of about 15 people carried yellow signs saying "Senator Lott must resign.'' The small group also chanted slogans during the short protest.

Lott has come under fire for comments he made during Senator Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday bash. Some say the comments suggested support for segregation. NAACP President Eugene Bryant said Lott can no longer represent Mississippi's black community -- 36 percent of the state's 2-point-8 million population. Phillip

West, the chairman of the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus said, "America can't be what it ought to be until Mississippi is what it can be.''

The Legislative Black Caucus also is calling for Lott to step down from his leadership position.

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