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By Justin George and Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2013
NAACP employees were going through the mail Thursday at national headquarters in Baltimore when they found a strange-looking envelope. It bore no return address and had a Memphis, Tenn., postmark - just like letters to President Barack Obama and a Republican senator this week that tested positive for the deadly poison ricin. Within minutes, the FBI ordered workers to evacuate, and emergency responders rushed to the scene. It turned out to be a false alarm; the letter was a request for assistance.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2012
When an African-American was accused of raping a white woman and another of murdering a white locomotive engineer, Springfield, Ill., exploded into a race riot on the evening of Aug. 14, 1908. The mob grew furious when they learned that the two men had been spirited away to Bloomington, Ill., by the sheriff. Sensing trouble, Gov. Charles S. Deneen sent the National Guard to the city to restore order, but the rioters were not to be stopped. After destroying a small black business district, the mob turned its fury on Badlands, a black neighborhood, where they burned some 40 homes while a crowd of 5,000 spectators looked on. An African-American barber who had tried to defend his shop was lynched.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2014
He'd been leader of a New Jersey social justice organization since 2008, making inroads on housing and employment issues, when Cornell Brooks, a soft-spoken lawyer and minister, got an opportunity he didn't see coming. The NAACP, a national organization based in Northwest Baltimore, was looking for a new president. A search committee wanted to talk. He had to decide whether to seek the job as successor to the charming, sometimes controversial Ben Jealous.  A friend remembers telling the 53-year-old Brooks that it might be hard to handle the competing factions within the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which has a famously unwieldy 64-person board, hundreds of local branches and periodic financial problems.
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By James Bock and James Bock,Sun Staff Writer | October 24, 1994
The NAACP will not pay the Rev. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., its recently fired executive director, any of the more than $300,000 in salary due on the balance of his three-year contract, according to a settlement agreement to be made public today.Sources close to parties on both sides of the agreement said the Baltimore-based civil rights group would pay only $7,400 to cover two mortgage payments on Dr. Chavis' Ellicott City home, as well as extend his family's medical benefits and his life insurance through April.
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By James Bock and James Bock,Sun Staff Writer | June 24, 1994
Burdened by a $2.7 million financial deficit, the NAACP has dismissed 10 employees and expects to cut the staff at its Northwest Baltimore headquarters by another 10 over the summer.The Rev. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., the civil rights group's executive director, said the moves were part of a major reorganization of the NAACP. He contended that the "financial situation did not trigger the reorganization."However, Dr. Chavis, who became the NAACP's chief executive in April 1993, said:* The organization's general fund was $900,000 in the red last year, adding to an existing deficit.
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By CARL T. ROWAN | February 10, 1995
Washington. -- I had recently decided that the NAACP was doomed; that a once-great social and political force was beyond salvation because of the greed, corruption, venality and egomaniacal ignorance of some of its leaders.I knew that there was no way to get enough donations to wipe out the NAACP's $4.5 million debt when previous supporters were saying ''No more money!'' or even filing lawsuits against the organization that was the essence of integrity and nation-changing influence in the days of Thurgood Marshall, Roy Wilkins, Walter White -- and, yes, a Mississippi leader named Medgar Evers.
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July 18, 1995
The audit report of NAACP finances confirms the worst fears about fiscal mismanagement and waste by the venerable civil rights group's former top officials, ousted Executive Director Benjamin F. Chavis and Board President William F. Gibson.According to the report, Messrs. Chavis and Gibson together charged more than half a million dollars in expenses for such items as limousine rentals, fancy hotels and gifts to friends and relatives that included such personal items as toys, maternity clothing, electronic games and furniture.
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October 9, 1994
When the NAACP national board of directors ousted Executive Director Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. last August for secretly settling a sex discrimination suit with organization funds, we suspected Mr. Chavis' downfall might foreshadow the fate of his patron and mentor, NAACP Board Chairman William F. Gibson. Now it appears the other shoe may indeed be about to drop.Syndicated columnist Carl Rowan has quoted unnamed sources who accuse the board chairman of "double-dipping" thousands of dollars in expense reimbursements from the civil rights group and using an NAACP credit card to finance a pattern of lavish spending that has drained the group's coffers of well over $500,000 since 1986.
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By James Bock and James Bock,Sun Staff Writer | June 21, 1995
Despite the need to pay off $3.8 million in debts, the NAACP has dismissed its longtime fund-raiser -- who is now one of the group's major creditors.Gilbert Jonas, who had worked under contract with the NAACP since 1965, said yesterday that the nation's oldest and largest civil rights group owes him more than $394,000. Mr. Jonas, who closed his New York office last week, said he would file suit to collect.Mr. Jonas charged that officials at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People "spoon-fed" him token payments so he would continue to raise funds -- money he says was mismanaged.
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By James Bock and Norris P. West and James Bock and Norris P. West,Sun Staff Writers | June 9, 1995
The debt-burdened NAACP laid off nearly a third of its staff yesterday and moved to shut down three of its seven regional offices, according to a union official familiar with the job cuts.Sallie Williams of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) said the nation's oldest and largest civil rights group would lay off 22 employees at its Baltimore headquarters and around the country."I expect them to lay off some more people," Ms. Williams said. "The money is just not there."
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