GROSSE POINTE (WWJ/AP) – Plans are in the works to form a branch of the NAACP in the mostly white Grosse Pointe suburbs of Detroit that would produce fine arts programs, arrange area youth activities and foster community-wide conversations about issues involving race.

Grosse Pointe resident Greg Bowens and Grosse Pointe Park resident Elaine Flowers are behind the effort, according to a report in the Detroit Free Press. The two are seeking to recruit at least 50 people willing to pay dues to start a new NAACP chapter. A meeting is planned for Sept. 23.

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An aim of the chapter of the civil rights organization is to promote diversity and tolerance in the five Grosse Pointe communities and Harper Woods.

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Nearby Detroit is mostly black and has its own NAACP chapter. Organizers expect, however, that most members of the Grosse Pointe chapter would be white.

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