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MLK Daughter's Exit Leaves SCLC's Future in Doubt

Sunday, 23 Jan 2011 03:51 PM

 

ATLANTA (AP) — The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is facing an uncertain future following the decision of Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter to walk away from the embattled civil rights organization.

The Rev. Bernice King said this week that she would not take the helm of the group that her father founded in 1957 and that elected her president in 2009.

The once-proud organization has split into two factions, had its finances scrutinized and saw its former chairman indicted last week on theft charges.

Former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young says the group might have run its course and that Bernice King made a wise decision. He says "we should've closed it down years ago."

Young was a close adviser to Martin Luther King Jr., as the group led nonviolent protests for equality for African-Americans and social justice.

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