Sunday, November 1, 2009

Bernice King elected SCLC President

Rev. Bernice King, youngest daughter of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, it was announced this past Friday.

"Bernice King was selected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
King was elected over Arkansas Appeals Court Judge Wendell Griffen.The vote by the board of directors was 23-15. King was not present when the vote was announced. , phoned King with news of her victory."

""In the spirit of your late father, with great anticipation, we look forward to your leadership," [The Rev. Byron Clay, interim SCLC president] Clay told King in the phone call."
"Clay said the board will meet with King soon before making any other announcements. "She is excited, I am excited and the nation will be excited," Clay said."
It is an exciting and historic move - Rev. King is the first woman president in the organization's history - and hopefully bodes well for the efforts to reinvigorate one of the nation's most storied Civil Rights organizations.
Congratulations, Rev. King!

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