The Last Gasp of the SCLC

The struggle for control of the dying civil rights organization has descended into buffoonery.

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The judge in the civil case has set June 2 for a hearing to figure out who's in charge of the SCLC. No matter how he rules, it may all be for naught. "They will never recover. They've lost credibility," Bob Holmes, professor emeritus at Clark Atlanta University, told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Whether the events of the past few months are comedy or tragedy may depend on your perception of the importance of the SCLC at this point in history.

Paul Delaney, a former reporter and editor for the New York Times, is a regular contributor to The Root.

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