Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Governor Slated to Speak July 27 at Boycotted Hotel

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Governor Slated to Speak July 27 at Boycotted Hotel

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Byline: Moshay Simpson, Times-Union staff writer

********** CORRECTION July 14, 2001

The Connectional Lay Organization of the African Methodist episcopal Church wrapped up its five-day 27th biennial session at the Adams Mark hotel yesterday. Because of a reporter's error, the organization was incorrectly named in a story on Page A-1 yesterday.

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Will the NAACP's decision to boycott all Adam's Mark hotels have any bearing on Gov. Jeb Bush's scheduled appearance to its Jacksonville location?

That question remains unanswered because no one from the governor's staff returned calls when asked about Wednesday's announced boycott. Bush is due to speak at the hotel at a July 27 luncheon hosted by Cornerstone.

"We haven't talked to anyone from the governor's office," Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce President Wally Lee said. Cornerstone is the economic development branch of the chamber. Lee said he didn't know if the boycott would have any effect on Bush's appearance at the event and would rather not speculate.

Isaiah Rumlin, the head of the local NAACP chapter, said he has not spoken with the chamber about the Cornerstone luncheon, nor did he say if his group would protest during Bush's appearance.

"Boycotts can turn into all sorts of things: demonstrations, picketing . . ." Rumlin said. He said he was awaiting instruction from the organization's national office. The local Adam's Mark's performance has no bearing on its decision to boycott because it is a national protest.

According to a May 29 letter from Sharon Harvey, the hotel's vice president of corporate affairs, to the Rev. Moses Javis of the Interdenominational Ministers Alliance of Greater Jacksonville, the local hotel has made strides to hire more minority managers. She said as of May 25, 29 percent of hotel management staff locally were minorities, 17 percent of them African-American. Seventy nine percent of the hourly staff were minorities, 62 percent African-American. …

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