Leadership in Question

In Uncategorized on December 22, 2009 at 10:44 am

It appears the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) is trying to stay afloat–in October Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther. King, Jr. and co-founder of the organization, was elected president. Following the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, SCLC has struggled to find its niche. And now the leadership has been removed. As reported in the Clarion Ledger, “Officials with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference have removed the organization’s board chairman and treasurer while they conduct an internal investigation into claims of mismanagement.” Chairman of the Board Rev. Raleigh Trammell and the treasurer Spiver Gordon, were removed after an internal investigation revealed possible mismanagement.

The election of King as the first female president and the third King to run the organization was a significant move for SCLC; King was to “revitalise” the base, which now consists of “a sprawling church-based network of 10,000 members in 17 US states.” Click here to read the complete story from The Guardian. Once a staple of African American politics, SCLC is languishing—trying to find exactly where it belongs, while the base is steadily declining in membership and influence. After the election of King and now the removal of the Board’s chairman and treasurer, perhaps now the organization can find its footing moving forward.


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