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May 4, 1993
Yesterday was the Rev. Ben Chavis Jr.'s first day on the job as executive director of the NAACP, but the organization's new leader was already making news. Since being picked to succeed Benjamin L. Hooks, Mr. Chavis has been meeting with street gang members in South Central Los Angeles to fashion a truce between warring factions there and he plans to launch a nationwide campaign to recruit more young people as NAACP members."The one thing I've learned is that these young people are talented and intelligent," Mr. Chavis said.
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By E.R. Shipp | March 12, 1997
NEW YORK -- Ben Chavis, the fallen civil-rights leader, has made it official: He's not just a sycophant of Louis Farrakhan; he's now a convert to Mr. Farrakhan's brand of Islam.Or, as Mr. Chavis puts it: ''I am not turning from Christ. I am turning to Allah.''This former Episcopalian and now former member of the United Church of Christ is now a Muslim whose new name is Benjamin Chavis Muhammad.It's not surprising, really. Last summer, when Mr. Farrakhan berated black journalists who had invited him to speak at their TC annual convention, Mr. Chavis stood dutifully to the right and slightly behind, looking like an unofficial member of the minister's security detail, the Fruit of Islam.
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | August 23, 1994
Maybe Benjamin Chavis moves on to greatness from here. Maybe the tangle of loose money and dangling lawsuits are forgotten down the road, and maybe one day the ousted executive director of the NAACP helps heal some of the cancerous wounds of black America.But as he leaves the NAACP, Chavis still doesn't seem to get it: He embarrassed the nation's most venerable civil rights group in front of the whole country. He took an organization whose history consists of struggling for the high ground, and made it vulnerable.
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By James Bock and James Bock,SUN STAFF | October 22, 1995
The NAACP, which has been without an executive director for 14 months, will wait a bit longer to fill the job.A search committee told the civil rights group's board of directors yesterday in Baltimore that the "process was in its final stages," said Francisco L. Borges, NAACP treasurer."
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By DAN BERGER | June 17, 1994
Cheer up. This heat cannot possibly last more than 12 weeks longer.Five City Council members improperly invaded the Court House, but didn't inhale.The administration is going to either impose modest sanctions against welfare moms and nuke North Korea, or vice versa.Ben Chavis seems to be turning the NAACP into the long-sought alternative to the NAACP.
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By James Bock and James Bock,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writers Ann LoLordo, Michael A. Fletcher, Ivan Penn and Dana Hedgpeth contributed to this article | August 22, 1994
No one knew it then, but the end of the Rev. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr.'s stormy 16 1/2 months as NAACP executive director began June 30 with some shuffling of paper in the clerk's office of District of Columbia Superior Court.That day Mary E. Stansel, who worked so briefly at the civil rights group's Baltimore headquarters that few members of the NAACP board of directors even remember her, filed suit. Ms. Stansel, a 49-year-old lawyer whom Dr. Chavis fired in May 1993, charged him and the NAACP with breach of contract.
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By DAN BERGER | August 25, 1994
A Congress that cannot even pass a crime bill ain't gonna give us a health bill.The cause is bigger than the man, unless the man is Ben Chavis, in which case the man is the cause.The way to topple Fidel is to flood Cuba with tourists and fax machines, while the way to prop him up is to shun him like an errant Amishman.
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By Tanya Jones and Tanya Jones,Sun Staff Writer | August 22, 1994
In a fiery, early morning speech yesterday in Baltimore, former Nation of Islam spokesman Khallid Abdul Muhammad praised the ouster of NAACP Executive Director Benjamin F. Chavis Jr."I'm thankful that Ben Chavis got the boot today," Mr. Muhammad told about 150 people gathered at the Walbrook High School auditorium in West Baltimore for an evening of black militant speeches and poetry.Dr. Chavis, he said, is "a boot-licking . . . nigger" for condemning and repudiating Mr. Muhammad for anti-Semitic remarks he made during a speech in November.
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By Gregory P. Kane | September 29, 1994
REPORTS OF our death, to borrow an expression from Mark Twain, have been greatly exaggerated."That was from George E. Curry, editor in chief of Emerge magazine, writing in the September issue of the periodical that some had written off as dead back in July. A black Virginia millionaire recently bought an interest in Emerge and secured its place as, arguably, the premiere magazine for black America.Count me among the many -- although it needs more subscribers -- fans of the magazine. I would have been miserable and inconsolable if Emerge had gone under.
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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 MFUMEChairman, 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.
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By Gregory P. Kane | September 29, 1994
REPORTS OF our death, to borrow an expression from Mark Twain, have been greatly exaggerated."That was from George E. Curry, editor in chief of Emerge magazine, writing in the September issue of the periodical that some had written off as dead back in July. A black Virginia millionaire recently bought an interest in Emerge and secured its place as, arguably, the premiere magazine for black America.Count me among the many -- although it needs more subscribers -- fans of the magazine. I would have been miserable and inconsolable if Emerge had gone under.
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By ROGER SIMON | August 31, 1994
When he was fired as executive director of the NAACP, Ben Chavis was faced with a dilemma:Should he become a martyr or should he go after the big bucks?After much soul-searching, it seems he has decided to go for the green. Chavis may be accused of sexual harassment, but nobody ever accused him of being dumb.So now he is suing the NAACP while he negotiates a "separation and severance agreement" with that organization."All I want is fair treatment," Chavis said.Which probably means cash. But how much cash will be enough?
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By DAN BERGER | August 25, 1994
A Congress that cannot even pass a crime bill ain't gonna give us a health bill.The cause is bigger than the man, unless the man is Ben Chavis, in which case the man is the cause.The way to topple Fidel is to flood Cuba with tourists and fax machines, while the way to prop him up is to shun him like an errant Amishman.
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | August 23, 1994
Maybe Benjamin Chavis moves on to greatness from here. Maybe the tangle of loose money and dangling lawsuits are forgotten down the road, and maybe one day the ousted executive director of the NAACP helps heal some of the cancerous wounds of black America.But as he leaves the NAACP, Chavis still doesn't seem to get it: He embarrassed the nation's most venerable civil rights group in front of the whole country. He took an organization whose history consists of struggling for the high ground, and made it vulnerable.
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By James Bock and James Bock,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writers Ann LoLordo, Michael A. Fletcher, Ivan Penn and Dana Hedgpeth contributed to this article | August 22, 1994
No one knew it then, but the end of the Rev. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr.'s stormy 16 1/2 months as NAACP executive director began June 30 with some shuffling of paper in the clerk's office of District of Columbia Superior Court.That day Mary E. Stansel, who worked so briefly at the civil rights group's Baltimore headquarters that few members of the NAACP board of directors even remember her, filed suit. Ms. Stansel, a 49-year-old lawyer whom Dr. Chavis fired in May 1993, charged him and the NAACP with breach of contract.
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By Tanya Jones and Tanya Jones,Sun Staff Writer | August 22, 1994
In a fiery, early morning speech yesterday in Baltimore, former Nation of Islam spokesman Khallid Abdul Muhammad praised the ouster of NAACP Executive Director Benjamin F. Chavis Jr."I'm thankful that Ben Chavis got the boot today," Mr. Muhammad told about 150 people gathered at the Walbrook High School auditorium in West Baltimore for an evening of black militant speeches and poetry.Dr. Chavis, he said, is "a boot-licking . . . nigger" for condemning and repudiating Mr. Muhammad for anti-Semitic remarks he made during a speech in November.
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By ROGER SIMON | August 3, 1994
Late last year, a woman went to Benjamin Chavis Jr., the executive director of the NAACP, and threatened to sue him for sexual improprieties.Chavis, a man who has stood up to bullies and brutes all his life, knew exactly what to do:He agreed to pay the woman $332,400 out of NAACP funds to keep her mouth shut. Then he kept the deal a secret from his board of directors.But is that what you would do if you were the subject of what Chavis now calls "unfounded charges" and "false and slanderous allegations"?
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By A.M. Rosenthal | June 15, 1994
THE offense of the Rev. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. was not simply to invite Minister Louis Farrakhan to a conference of black leaders in Baltimore but to treat Americans as total fools.Every important argument he makes to defend the invitation, to justify the damage he did to the NAACP, is grounded in obvious intellectual, political and moral distortion or demagogy.Since the NAACP affects black-white relations -- particularly among Americans who want to better them -- nonmembers as well as members should pay close attention.
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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 MFUMEChairman, 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.
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By CARL T. ROWAN | August 19, 1994
Washington.--With his job at stake at an emergency board meeting tomorrow, NAACP executive director Benjamin Chavis Jr. is trying to pull off what may be the greatest con job in the history of the organization.Mr. Chavis has told USA Today that since April 1993 he has increased NAACP membership from 490,000 to 675,000. He has told other media that through his ''dynamic new direction'' he has brought more than 100,000 more youths into the organization.Official internal NAACP documents show that this is so far from the truth that it is a tragic joke.
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