Local Leaders Head to Denver For Democratic Convention

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - We now know presumptive democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's choice for vice president. Saturday, Barack Obama announced his decision to choose Senator Joe Biden of Delaware as his running mate.

The news comes as Obama prepares for the upcoming democratic convention, where the Illinois Senator will give his much anticipated acceptance speech.

Biloxi NAACP President James Crowell is preparing for his journey to Denver to hear that speech.

"I feel as president of the NAACP that it would be more than right for me to be there to witness this historic occasion," Crowell said.

Crowell will join a coalition of leaders from neighboring Louisiana and Alabama to attend the upcoming democratic convention. And while

"We want to talk directly to the legislators that are there, and let them know what's going on straight from the horses mouth," said Crowell.

They plan to meet with legislators to discuss the living conditions on the Gulf Coast. From dilapidated homes to grant monies, Crowell says the needs of people are still not being met, and it starts at the federal level.

"We've already been able to get one of the issues put as a platform in the democratic party dealing with the housing issues, and of course, educate those about the problems that we have hear on the Gulf Coast," said Crowell.

The Democratic National Convention opens on Monday to nominate Senator Barack Obama as president and Senator Joe Biden as vice president.

Senator John McCain's convention opens on Labor Day. McCain has yet to select a running mate.