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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  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Sep 11, 2010 at 06:27 AM
    What a piece of information. i thought the story was going to say something good, like, "SLC Disbans Nationwide.Racisim Finaly Eliminated".
  • by Fred Garvin on Sep 10, 2010 at 08:06 PM
    What a bunch of idiots. Hmmmm. Heard that before somewhere
  • by Ed Location: Greenville on Sep 10, 2010 at 07:34 PM
    Thanks WITN for informing us of this very important appointment. Did you guys break into regular programming to break the big news?
  • by concerned Location: new bern on Sep 10, 2010 at 11:12 AM
    The SCLC and the NAACP are nothing but racist organization that leeches off of blacks. What has either organization accomplished in the past 30 years to help the black community. Have the ever tackled the extremely high rate of illegitimacy and crime rate within the black communities? The answer is a big NO, they just want to stir racism. Bill Crosby has tried to point this out but he was labled an Uncle Tom by the same organizations. The problems in the black community will never get better until the likes of the SCLC, NAACP, Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson stop making their living off of fueling racism and start doing something about the real prolems of that is killing the black community.
  • by The Original ENC Location: enc on Sep 10, 2010 at 09:41 AM
    It won't make a difference - they are just a hate group. That's all they will be until they read the majority of these posts and make some serious changes to their organization.
  • by George Location: Greenville on Sep 10, 2010 at 07:42 AM
    The SCLC will never gain any credibility with leadership like this. They are nothing more than a dysfunctional group that is living in the past & hurting the very people that they claim to be looking out for.
  • by here Location: here on Sep 10, 2010 at 06:00 AM
    Typical.
  • by Tim Location: Greenville on Sep 10, 2010 at 05:43 AM
    Two Words Benee Rouncree!!
  • by JUstice Location: pitt co on Sep 10, 2010 at 05:40 AM
    well this is disgusting! Walton??? Well just another person that goes around sueing people for false actions to get money. I guess he does think that his charges will be dismissed, he has known people in the court system for years that gets him what he wants and this is what we place as leaders in our Christian group, well maybe God will help him is all I can say.
  • by hope Location: NC on Sep 10, 2010 at 05:38 AM
    You just can't make this stuff up. The blind leading the blind.
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