NAACP to speak at Houston gathering

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

A local representative of the NAACP will speak at Monday night’s Houston School Board meeting.
Ella Kelly from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will address the board at the meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. The organization requested to be placed on the board’s agenda.
The district has been under heat after substitute teacher and bus driver Marilyn Ellis used a racial slur to a group of students. She was initially suspended for two days from substituting last month but remained in her position as a bus driver.
Ellis was fired from both jobs this week, and Superintendent Steve Coker confirmed that she is no longer working with the district.
It is unclear exactly what Kelly’s message will be. She directed a question about what she would speak about to fellow NAACP member Benny Horton. Horton did not return a message seeking comment.
It is also unclear which branch of the organization Kelly represents.
Coker said that there is not a hearing, appeal or any other procedure related to Ellis on the agenda for Monday.
Efforts to reach Ellis for comment were unsuccessful.
Contact Chris Kieffer at (662) 678-1590 or chris.kieffer@djournal.com.