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Greensboro NAACP to close office, go online

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GREENSBORO – The Greensboro chapter of the NAACP is planning to close its offices for good.

The Rev. Dr. Cardes Brown Jr., president of the Greensboro chapter, says it costs about $1,200 a month to operate the East Market Street location. And with low funds and declining donations, he says they have no choice but to shut down and transition to a new virtual location.

"As time has changed and ways and means change and there are more proficient ways of addressing issues, we have gone and we are using technology as so many are," Brown said.

But not everyone was on board with the decision.

"You will have that sector of the population that will not get on the computer and put the information in," board member Hurley Derrickson said.

He said the civil rights organization needs the office.

"Sometimes if people see that you don't have a physical address, they think that they can do just about anything to you," Derrickson said.

But the national NAACP headquarters says out of the 2,200 chapters nationwide, most do not have a physical address. Many operate out of churches or online.

"We were one of the very few in the state of North Carolina that had an office that we operated out of," Brown said.

Even though technology is taking over, leaders say the Greensboro NAACP remains stronger than ever.

"There's no way we can turn down the volume on our voice," Brown said.

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