Urban League stalls vote

March 24, 1994|By James Bock | James Bock,Sun Staff Writer

The Baltimore Urban League board of directors postponed yesterday a vote on whether to discipline the civil rights group's president, Roger I. Lyons, for allegedly charging personal expenses on a business credit card.

Alice Pinderhughes, board chairman and former city schools superintendent, would not discuss the substance of the 75-minute meeting, calling it a "personnel matter."

But sources said there was no allegation that Mr. Lyons had mishandled Urban League funds, as reported in some television news accounts, or failed to pay the personal portion of the Urban League credit card bill.

Mr. Lyons, who attended part of the board meeting, was unavailable for comment. The 32-member board is expected to consider the matter again Monday.

The controversy is unusual for the low-profile Urban League, which quietly cultivates corporate and government contacts. The civil rights group runs job training, AIDS education, literacy and youth programs.

Mr. Lyons, 45, has headed the Baltimore Urban League since 1988.

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