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Embattled civil rights group struggles to survive

Posted by on Apr. 19, 2010 at 8:45 PM
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ATLANTA – Two factions of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference gathered Monday for separate meetings, hundreds of miles apart, with each group claiming to be the SCLC's board of directors as the embattled 53-year-old civil rights organization struggles to survive amid legal woes and bitter infighting.

A few dozen participants arrived Monday for a two-day meeting at West Hunter Street Baptist Church in Atlanta as a separate group prepared to meet more than 200 miles away at a National Guard armory in Eutaw, Ala.

National SCLC spokesman Bernard LaFayette said Monday in Atlanta that an ongoing internal investigation has led much of the board to believe that the group's ousted chairman and treasurer have mishandled at least $569,000 and more funds and individuals may be involved. The ousted chairman and treasurer have denied wrongdoing.

LaFayette said the inquiry should be completed in time for the SCLC's annual convention in Atlanta this August. At the convention, the SCLC also expects to install its president-elect, the Rev. Bernice King, who was elected in October. She is the daughter the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., a co-founder of the SCLC.

It is not clear which group is in charge or authorized to conduct the organization's business. The SCLC's Web site lists members of the board of directors that are being contested. The group meeting in Atlanta said their rivals are improperly representing the SCLC. The Atlanta group said it planned to ask a Fulton County judge on Tuesday to intervene.

In a statement Monday, the Rev. James Bush — listed as acting president and recording secretary of the board — said the Eutaw group anticipated "a productive board meeting with detailed reports ... and an informative, energizing training session for our chapter leaders."

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