Markel Hutchins From the The feud between rival factions of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference escalated to new heights Tuesday, with charges of vandalism leveled at one participant in the dispute. The Rev. Markel Hutchins said Tuesday that he is the legitimate president of the SCLC and has the right to weld shut and […]

From Organizations led by civil rights leaders Dorothy Height and Benjamin Hooks, who both died this month, were in the forefront of the fight for equal rights, but they are now struggling to stay relevant. And nowhere is that fight more evident than in the group founded by Martin Luther King Jr.: the Southern […]

From The board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference has asked a judge to order an opposing faction of the civil rights group to stop claiming they are in leadership positions. The lawsuit filed late Monday also asks a judge to restore signature rights to the SCLC bank accounts so staff can be paid […]

From the The complicated struggle for control of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference continued Friday with court filings and accusations that that some SCLC leaders were willing to sacrifice the civil rights group to seize power. One faction of the SCLC board has asked a judge to order an opposing faction to return more […]

From the AJC: About half of the national board of directors of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference voted Saturday to oust the group’s chairman and treasurer, but the move was immediately challenged by other members who called it an attempted coup. The vote and subsequent challenge revealed that internal strife continues at the civil rights […]

Fr0m Working on behalf of the Southern Christian Leadership Council, Andrew Young was Mr. Behind the Scenes for much of the civil rights movement, negotiating with white officials, bailing protestors out of jail and representing them in court. “Dr. [Martin Luther] King would not let me go to jail,” Young said recently. “He wanted […]

From Los Angeles Times: Richard Jackson was walking past the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s handsome $3-million headquarters this month, just blocks from the grave of its first president, Martin Luther King Jr. Jackson, an aspiring rap producer, hadn’t heard about the outbreak of scandal and infighting rocking the storied civil rights group. But the 32-year-old […]

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VIA: Evelyn Lowery had to chuckle when she fielded yet another phone call from someone wondering why her 88-year-old husband, who just got out of the hospital two weeks ago for a blood clot, didn’t show up to speak at a GABEO event 78 miles away in Athens. “He just got out of the […]


VIA: The national board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference has called a meeting Saturday to consider removing Rev. Raleigh Trammell of Dayton, Ohio from the board. Dr. Arthur Rocker, a national board member, said the group will meet in Atlanta and take a vote on Trammell’s removal. The move follows allegations of misuse […]

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VIA: Three officials with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference met in Atlanta with federal and local investigators looking into allegations that the national chairman and former treasurer mishandled hundreds of thousands of the organization’s money. Agent Michael Brooks with the FBI in Cincinnati confirmed Wednesday “investigation is continuing and that it has included interviews […]

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VIA: Two weeks to the day after he entered Emory University Hospital Midtown with a blood clot in the lung, civil rights icon the Rev. Joseph Lowery was released. Lowery, 88, entered the hospital Jan. 30 complaining of shortness of breath. He was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism and placed in intensive care. Although […]


VIA: Dayton Daily News DAYTON — Federal agents on Thursday, Feb. 11, removed computers and several bins and boxes from the home of the Rev. Raleigh Trammell, the national board chairman of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Trammell is also chairman of the Dayton chapter of the SCLC and is a top official at the […]