Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Chavis Is on His Way out, Say Sources at NAACP

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Chavis Is on His Way out, Say Sources at NAACP

Article excerpt

NAACP Executive Director Benjamin Chavis has lost the support of board members representing Southern branches of the civil rights organization - a development that virtually assures he will be ousted when the full board meets Saturday, sources said Monday.

The special session was called to discuss criticism of Chavis for secretly settling a sexual discrimination complaint against him with the organization's money.

Although no actual headcount has been taken, one NAACP director from the Southern region observed that "there has been a lot of erosion" among Chavis' supporters in the region, proof enough to convince him that the executive director cannot survive the board vote.

Board members from the Southern states tend to vote together and had been expected to support Chavis, who is from North Carolina and has been allied with Board Chairman William Gibson of South Carolina. Gibson also has been hurt in the uproar over the issue. But the Southern board members are now likely to join members from other parts of the country, who have been more aggressive in their demands for Chavis' resignation. …

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