The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Grand Rapids is holding a news conference afternoon on COVID-19 and Honestie Hodges, an 14-year-old girl who died days after testing positive for the virus.
The NAACP said COVID-19 numbers are "extremely high in Michigan, especially in Black and brown communities."
A member of NAACP Grand Rapids branch and a medical expert will encourage people to "take the necessary precautions to save lives."
The news conference is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.
As an 11-year-old, the NAACP said Hodges "inspired new policing policies in Grand Rapids after she was held at gunpoint, handcuffed and put it in the back of a squad car."
“This is a pain that runs deep and is personal,” chapter President Cle Jackson said.
The NAACP said today it will cover the cost of Hodges' funeral.