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DECATUR — The Black Chamber of Commerce of Illinois and Greater Decatur Black Chamber of Commerce are calling on the city of Decatur to offer more support of African American organizations.

The groups in a statement said less than .01 percent of the city budget is spent on African American publications and organizations. Twenty-percent of Decatur's population is black, the statement said. 

The letter asks the city the consider supporting the following organizations: the Greater Decatur Black Chamber of Commerce, Decatur Branch of NAACP, Metro Decatur Black Chamber of Commerce, African-American Cultural and Genealogical Society of Illinois and the Chambers Publication.

"We at BCCI and GDBCC believe that diversity and inclusion is very necessary and important to bridging gaps and working together to change the climate of the city," the statement said.

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