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NAACP Will Picket Outside Magic Games Over Construction Hirings

Published by on April 23, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

The Orange branch of the NAACP plans to picket outside the Orlando Magic's Amway Arena during the NBA playoffs over "broken promises" of hiring black construction workers at the new events center in Parramore.

Parramore is a poor area of Orlando, in which approximately 90 percent of the population is of African American descent.

Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer insisted that the minority-hiring provisions built into the project was a success so far.

"We have gone over and beyond what anybody else is done in regard to minority participation. It has been highly successful, although we're only about 20 percent into construction," Dyer said.

City officials reported 23 workers that have been hired since Fe...

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