ATLANTA (AP) _ Black employees of the Coca-Cola Co. hope to force a quick settlement of a racial discrimination suit against the soft drink giant by staging a series of rallies during a bus ride to the company's annual meeting in Delaware next month.

The ``Coca-Cola Justice Ride'' will carry about 150 current and former workers on the journey from Atlanta, said Larry Jones, a former human resources manager and chief organizer of the rallies.

``We're shareholders, and we will be making our voices heard at the meeting,'' Jones said.

A convoy of three buses will leave April 15 and will stop for rallies in Greensboro, N.C., Richmond, Va., and Washington, D.C., before reaching Delaware for the April 19 meeting, Jones said.

Participants also plan to meet with members of Congress to discuss the suit.

The company had no comment on Jones' plan.

Doug Daft, Coke's new chairman, has said the company is ``working toward an expedient and equitable resolution'' of the suit. Daft is creating a new position of vice president and director of diversity as part of an effort to meet soon-to-be established diversity goals.

The suit, filed by eight current and former employees, claims Atlanta-based Coke has discriminated against blacks in pay, promotions and performance evaluations. The company has denied the allegations.

Jones wants the company to settle the suit quickly. He said the settlement should include reparations to black employees and systematic changes that improve conditions for them.

``If this lawsuit degenerates into something less than fair and total reparation for the full class of individuals, then we will absolutely consider calling for a national boycott,'' said Jones, who had been with Coke for 15 years when he was laid off last month along with about 500 other workers as part of a reorganization.

Settlement talks with a mediator are scheduled to begin next month.