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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

SCLC faces uncertain future, Who stole the money?

Well look at this... As reported by many news sources, including 11 Alive news, When she was elected President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference last October 30th, Bernice King promised to restore the civil rights group her father helped found and that he lead until his death. "The time has come to do as my father urged and organize our strength into compelling power," she said. But four months later, she has yet to take office and a leadership battle that has simmered below the surface for months finally boiled to the surface Saturday. More HERE

It appears that Bernice King has stepped into something crazy at the SCLC. Errin Haines over at Associated Press is reporting on four months after Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter was elected president of the civil rights group he co-founded, the organization is in a tailspin and she is silent on why she hasn't taken the helm.

Get this, Errin Haines reports the Southern Christian Leadership Conference has been fractured by infighting and a federal investigation. Agents recently raided the Ohio chapter's headquarters and the home of the SCLC's national chairman, who faces accusations of financial mismanagement. In Georgia, Fulton County prosecutors have also launched a formal investigation into the Atlanta-based organization's financial affairs.

Through it all, errin reports, the Rev. Bernice King — who was elected SCLC president Oct. 29 — has said nothing. She has yet to take over, and the interim president she is replacing has already left.

Well, "J. Edgar Hoover is in his grave, shouting and celebrating," said Tyrone Brooks, a Georgia state representative and longtime SCLC member, invoking the name of the FBI director who kept tabs on the SCLC for years. "The organization he tried to destroy is now being destroyed by the very people who claim to love it and love the legacy of Dr. King."

AAPP: I agree - I wonder like a number of black bloggers, Who's really keeping it real?

To some observers, the youngest King would do well to keep her distance from the SCLC's current woes. "No new president should come in with this kind of mess," said the Rev. Timothy McDonald, a friend of the King family who worked for the SCLC under its longest-serving president, the Rev. Joseph Lowery. Read More HERE

African American Political Pundit says: "Why does this go on with black organizations? Why is there no accountability in the black community? Why are so many of our black politicians, social service agencies, and the black church becoming so corrupt? Why are so many black church groups and black church organizations stealing money in the name of GOD?  You know what I'm talking about folkls. As an example, the time in which the president of the National Baptist Convention U.S.A., Inc., the nation's largest black religious organization, was convicted of racketeering and grand theft, including charges that he had stolen money that was donated to a fund to rebuild black churches destroyed by arson. More HERE

It also reminds Monica Conyers


and let's not forget about former Baltimore Mayor Shelia "debit card" Dixon.
I guess we know why so few American black women are holding elected office, particularly in Congress. According to The Root.com, there were 11 black women in Congress in 1992; today there are 13. Pretty slow progress in 18 years. More HERE

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