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Tribune article title sparks controversy

The Asheville Tribune Newspaper would carry in its January 27-February 2, 2011 Vol. 15 No.4 issue in the local news section an article written by Ms. Deborah Degg Cariker from the Texas Courieer titled: Ex-NAACP President celebrates Confederate roots.

In a late evening telephone conversation with my lawyers, I would be informed that in essence I was still the President of the Asheville Branch of the NAACP until such time as either the National body responds to my allegations that an illegal election was conducted by then State President Rev. Allister. Rev. Allister, who had proclaimed that he had in his possession a letter stating that he could suspend the National by-laws of the 501c3 corporation, proceeded to conduct a supposed election with persons who had purchased memberships less than one hour before said election was conducted and many who were targeted in a planned lawsuit against them or their organizations. Rev. Allister never produced such a document.

It is important to note that the national by-laws state that one must be a member in good standing at least 30 days before they can vote in an election of officers, and that the general body must be informed 30 days in advance of an election. Neither was the case here.

My lawyers reiterated that I should file a civil lawsuit seeking damages against the state, local and national bodies of the NAACP. A letter from Julian Bond is on file in the office of the YMI Cultural Center address to myself stating that an investigation would be conducted in this matter. I can only premise that the investigation is still ongoing.