The President of the local NAACP describes the current situation in Chattanooga: a state of emergency among our black community.

The local organization has already been working with police to reduce the numbers of black-on-black crime in our city.

Dr. Elenora Woods, President NAACP, "We have to get something done, we have a state of emergency in the black communities, so I would not say things are getting better, I would say things are not getting better and these are things we need to seriously look at in combating crimes."

NAACP members were at the First Baptist Church Thursday in honor of Jubilation Day.   A day marked to celebrate freedom from slavery. Dr. Woods said she believes a focus on youth programs, and internships are key to curb the violence.