The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the civil rights group which was once headed by Martin Luther King Jr., has pledged to mentor and guide the Occupy Atlanta movement, a branch of the Occupy Wall Street movement. The decision to mentor Occupy Atlanta came after a six hour meeting led by SCLC President Isaac Newton […]

Isaac Newton Farris Jr., nephew of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., has been named president of The Southern Christian Leadership Conference. King founded the civil rights organization in 1957. As we previously reported, the Rev. Howard Creecy, who had been SCLC president, died last month. Farris’ appointment comes after months of infighting amongst SCLC […]

The Rev. Howard Creecy Jr., president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference,  died early Thursday morning, a spokesman for the SCLC confirmed Thursday. Creecy, pastor of Olivet Church in Fayette County, died of a heart attack at around 12:30 a.m. in Atlanta,  according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Creecy, 57, was elected SCLC president in […]

Bernice King dropped by Praise 102.5 last night and spoke to Rhodell Lewis about the controversy surrounding the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the civil rights organization founded by her father, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As we previously reported, King will hold a prayer vigil for the troubled organization this Friday at the historic Ebenezer […]

From the In her first public statement since being elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Bernice King addressed the controversy surrounding the organization while opening up discussion to the factions involved. King, surrounded by her supporters, announced Tuesday that she was holding a prayer vigil Friday at 6:30 p.m. in light of […]

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From the Bernice King, the youngest child of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., has decided she will not take the position of president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference at the group’s annual convention next month, a spokesman said Tuesday. Bernard LaFayette said King would wait until a Fulton County judge has resolved the […]

From the It was just a small cadre of Southern Christian Leadership Conference board members that decided to sue other SCLC leaders for control of the organization and to use SCLC funds to pay for the legal fight. Those decisions were made without consulting other board members, according to testimony in the courtroom fight […]

SCLC co-founder and Georgia state Rep. Tyrone Brooks From the The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is in a very public fight with itself, a battle that some fear will kill one of the nation’s premier civil rights groups. “The Klan couldn’t destroy the SCLC, and the CIA couldn’t destroy the SCLC,” said state Rep. […]

From the The Rev. Markel Hutchins said Wednesday he will not seek criminal charges against those who removed padlocks from gates at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference headquarters. But those on the other side of the fight for control of the SCLC said Wednesday they are still considering bringing criminal trespass charges against Hutchins […]

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 […]