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CIAA tournament sticking with Charlotte through 2014

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association apparently has not been persuaded by a call by the Charlotte chapter of the NAACP to boycott Charlotte.

Last month, the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People called for major events, including the CIAA, to boycott the city after public schools were closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a snow makeup day.

Last week, the CIAA issued a press release with the headline “CIAA remains in Charlotte through 2014.”

The press release was to announce a pretournament press conference scheduled for Thursday at the Charlotte Convention Center to discuss the tournament’s decision to remain in Charlotte through 2014.

The CIAA’s board of directors voted unanimously Nov. 1 to renew the CIAA tournament contract with Charlotte until 2014.

Last month, following the NAACP’s boycott call, the CIAA’s commissioner issued a statement in support of Charlotte.

The CIAA is America’s oldest historically black college and university conference and is made up of 13 East Coast colleges and universities.

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