Report: Award to Sterling Wasn’t the First Questionable Move for LA’s NAACP President

Leon Jenkins, president of the NAACP’s Los Angeles branch, has a history that trails him from Detroit to his current California posting.

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“Mr. Sterling’s organization, on a consistent basis has brought in numerous minorities and inner city kids to games,” Jenkins told the LA press. “Almost every game, there is a section where there are young people. He has also, in the years we looked at, contributed to a lot of minority charities, including the NAACP.”

Jenkins said Sterling’s organization gave more money to the minority community than other local LA sports franchises. He declined to say how much Sterling has recently given to the organization but described the amount as “insignificant.”

Jenkins, who called Sterling’s comments “devastating” says the civil rights organization would return the money and withhold the award Sterling was scheduled to receive this month.

Jenkins graduated Wayne State University Law School and was admitted to practice in 1979. In 1984, he was appointed by Gov. James Blanchard to 36th District Court.

Jenkins moved to California in 1990 and tried to keep his California law license, stating his community service, which included pro bono work and his efforts with the local NAACP should allow him to continue to work as a lawyer. He was denied and lost the license in 2001.

In media reports, Jenkins has also said he would forgive Clipper’s owner Sterling.