Shakeup In Pitt County SCLC

There's some backlash from the arrest of Greenville city councilwoman Kandie Smith, leading one local civil rights organization to clean house, starting with the president.

Members of the Pitt County chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference say Reginald Walton will become the new president.

Rufus Huggins, the former leader, resigned from his post September 1st.

State SCLC President Bennie Roundtree says Huggins did not recant or denounce the call for the police chief's resignation during a June 8th press conference alongside other civil rights leaders.

Roundtree appointed Walton to take over. Walton, who was a co-chairman of the board, faces legal troubles for the August 2009 arson at Club Gas.

Despite the charges, Walton says he is the right person to lead the organization in a new direction and believes the charges will be dismissed.

We tried to contact the national SCLC to find out if all of these actions are in accordance with protocol but did not hear back from them.

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