SCLC leadership removed amid flap

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ATLANTA --- As the daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. prepares to take the helm of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the civil rights organization co-founded by her father is embroiled in an internal investigation that is distracting leaders from the group's mission.

A statement issued late Monday announced the removal of the SCLC's chairman, the Rev. Raleigh Trammell, and its treasurer, the Rev. Spiver Gordon, pending an internal investigation into alleged mismanagement.

A phone call Tuesday to the Rev. Trammell in Dayton, Ohio, was not answered. The Rev. Gordon, of Eutaw, Ala., did not immediately return a phone call.

In the years since Dr. King headed the Atlanta-based SCLC, the group has lost influence, funding and membership, and infighting has led the group to stagnate.

In October, King's daughter, the Rev. Bernice King, was elected the eighth president of the SCLC and has pledged to be a bridge between the civil rights and hip-hop generations. A date for her installation has not been set.

In June, a former SCLC board member asked for a federal investigation into the alleged disappearance of more than $1.4 million in SCLC funds.

The statement released Monday in the name of the SCLC board said the investigation was launched in October concerning mismanagement of organization funds. The SCLC says a personnel matter involving an Ohio employee also is being investigated. The release stated the board named the Rev. Sylvia Tucker as acting chairman and attorney Randall Gaines as interim treasurer.

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UncleStrom
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UncleStrom 12/23/09 - 02:49 am
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More potential candidates are

More potential candidates are now available for Obama czars.

justus4
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justus4 12/23/09 - 06:23 am
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This is a sad story. The
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This is a sad story. The entire leadership should resign and restructure the entire body, because this is not the story the SCLC wants told. The "mismanagement" inquiry should address more the funds, but also their mission. They are failing to be a positive influence for people of color and other citizens because of the infighting. Reduce the boardmembers size and get smarter people, not just those related or relatives. Otherwise, this historic organization will continue to be talked about, but for all the wrong reasons.

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change display name 12/23/09 - 08:21 am
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Where is the call for a full

Where is the call for a full FBI investigation? This is not a "sad story"--it's a crime! May they all be prosecuted for their "mismanagement!" The media is not telling the full story because they are in bed with these people! Where is the justice?!? (My impression of Justus4 if it were a white organization.)

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KingJames 12/23/09 - 09:06 am
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Change_display_name, the

Change_display_name, the opposite of the SCLC would probably be some organization similar to the KKK. That story wouldn't make the news like this one, and there wouldn't be a call for a full FBI investigation. Therefore, your theory about Justus4's comment if it were a white organization is probably wrong. But that's just speculation on my part, which means I could be wrong, too. Hell may actually be freezing over because I agree with Justus4 today when he says, "The "mismanagement" inquiry should address more the funds, but also their mission. They are failing to be a positive influence for people of color and other citizens..." That statement sounds like Justus4 might actually be coming out of the Civil Rights Movement himself.

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Doyougetitnow 12/23/09 - 07:06 pm
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"They are failing to be a

"They are failing to be a positive influence for people of color and other citizens..." That justass added "other citizens" instead of just ALL citizens was a backhanded compliment, he's still ingrained in the CRM by the AWM, who's in cahoots with the CIA & the FBI. Some believe the SCLC is nothing more than a historic, once important organization that has no current use other than corruption (see also ACORN). If MLK's daughter can do anything with it remains to be seen.

Doyougetitnow
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Doyougetitnow 12/23/09 - 07:06 pm
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"They are failing to be a

"They are failing to be a positive influence for people of color and other citizens..." That justass added "other citizens" instead of just ALL citizens was a backhanded compliment, he's still ingrained in the CRM by the AWM, who's in cahoots with the CIA & the FBI. Some believe the SCLC is nothing more than a historic, once important organization that has no current use other than corruption (see also ACORN). If MLK's daughter can do anything with it remains to be seen.

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