By Ashley Alman, the Huffington Post

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) announced Saturday the end to its 15-year economic boycott of the state of South Carolina.

The Confederate battle flag is lowered for the last time at the Statehouse in Columbia, SC.

The Confederate battle flag is lowered for the last time at the Statehouse in Columbia, SC.

The NAACP National Board of Directors voted in an emergency resolution on Saturday to end the boycott.

The boycott of the state was initiated in 2000, when the Confederate flag was moved from atop the State House to a Confederate memorial on the Capitol grounds. The boycott was also observed by the NCAA and United Auto Workers, among other groups. The NAACP said Thursday that the boycott would be brought to a vote in an emergency resolution after the South Carolina state legislature voted to remove the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds. The state legislature took up the issue after a tragic shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina left 9 dead, reigniting impassioned opposition to the flag’s presence at the Capitol.

The NCAA followed suit Thursday, saying it would lift its boycott on the state, which prevented South Carolina from hosting championships.

NAACP President Cornell William Brooks praised the state’s action in a Thursday statement, saying their decision “will make South Carolina more welcoming and affirming of all people irrespective of their skin color.”…

The flag was removed from the Capitol grounds Friday.

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