CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - NAACP chapters in the Lowcountry are taking their fight for South Carolina State University to the capital. They're set to rally in Columbia on Monday.
They say the struggling school is under attack and they're ready to come to its rescue. NAACP representatives here in the Lowcountry are making their voices heard.
"We can fix the financial problems of banks, mortgage companies and everyone else, so we can fix the financial problems of South Carolina State," said Chris G. Nelson with the NAACP in Charleston.
The groups join hundreds of students and alumni who have been rallying to keep the financially strapped school afloat.
"It is unthinkable of somebody wanting to close it because they are having some problems," said Leonard Riley with the NAACP in Charleston.
While many believe there are other ways to deal with the struggling university, others are worried about the future of the students who many have to transfer to another school.
"It's causing a lot of stress on the children in this point in time. They're about to take tests and exams. For them to be thinking about the school closing, it's not a good time at all," said Nelson.
"We will not let their future be destroyed because of politics," said Edward Bryant, President of the NAACP Chapter in North Charleston.
That's why dozens of NAACP chapters across the state will rally Monday at the capital building. Hundreds are expected to make their voices heard.
"We are going to close the government down before we close down South Carolina State University," said Riley.
"Because we will be successful. It's important to stand together in solidarity with these students," said Nelson.
The rally will start at noon on Monday at the North steps of the capital building. Transportation will be provided for those wanting to head up to Columbia with the NAACP. They will leave the Longshoreman Hall in Charleston at 10 a.m.