Reactions The Chavis Controversy

August 21, 1994

"This is a particularly difficult time for many of us who are members of the NAACP. Ben and his family are in my prayers in this, the hour of their great disappointment. Ben may have erred in judgment, but he never erred in his commitment to people. For his contributions to the struggle, equal rights and civil rights, we are eternally grateful."

REP. KWEISI MFUME

Chairman, Congressional Black Caucus

"It was absolutely necessary that Ben Chavis be fired for the organization to have survived. Had he survived this vote, he would not have been able to lead or govern. The organization would have been helplessly divided. The funding for NAACP would have dried up virtually overnight."

MICHAEL MEYERS

Director, New York Civil Rights Coalition

"I came here with an open mind. I reached my conclusion based on factual information. There were no voices raised in anger. There was no shouting."

DR. ROBERT W. GILLIARD

NAACP board member Mobile, Ala.

"We regret that it had to happen the way it happened. But we believe the action that we took as the first state conference to call for the resignation of Dr. Chavis and Dr. Gibson [the NAACP board chairman] was the right decision to get us refocused on the goals of our organization."

JAMES A. TOLBERT SR.

President, West Virginia State Conference, NAACP

"I do believe Minister Farrakhan's and Dr. Chavis' association is troubling. It's troubling to those in power."

JAMIL MUHAMMAD

Baltimore mosque, Nation of Islam

"I was feeling a little bad for Dr. Chavis, but now I'm getting getting tired of him. It's always something popping up. We can't keep fighting for Ben."

BARBARA POWELL

President, NAACP chapter, Hempstead, N.Y.

"Dr. Chavis will still continue to be in the struggle for the little people because he's not given up and because he's a man of courage and a man of God."

EARL KING,

President, No Dope Express Foundation, Chicago

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