CINCINNATI Civil rights activists frustrated by police slayings of blacks across the nation are looking to flex their voting power to push for reforms.
The continued alarm over how police treat black men has been a major focus of the NAACP national convention this week for thousands of participants in Cincinnati. Members of the group that dates to 1909 compared the issue to the 1960s violence against civil rights demonstrators and mob hangings of blacks in earlier eras.
NAACP president Cornell William Brooks called it "lynching in the 21st century."
The convention's theme of "Our Lives Matter, Our Votes Count" underscored goals of protecting black voting rights and getting out the vote. Black voters were pivotal in Ohio and other swing states in twice putting Barack Obama into the White House.