Black political leaders to rally members in KC

Black political leaders say they want to recapture the energy of the 2008 presidential election and respond to the tea party movement.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Black political leaders say they want to recapture the energy of the 2008 presidential election and respond to the tea party movement. The NAACP opens its annual convention Saturday in Kansas City. The event also will focus on education and the jobs. NAACP president Ben Jealous says it’s crucial to "close the enthusiasm gap and remind people that the majority that existed two years ago still exists today." Since the presidential election, the tea party has emerged, pushing a message of fiscal conservatism and limited government. To Jealous, the movement has a more ominous side. He says that people with financial worries begin looking for scapegoats, and "start tearing the country apart." Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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