The FBI is investigating the Rev. Raleigh Trammell, chairman of the SCLC board, and a few members say they have evidence that he put more than half a million of the organization’s funds in his personal checking accounts. If he cared about the organization, he would step down. Instead, he’s being propped up by board members whose reflexive action is to defend any black person in trouble. It doesn’t matter it they end up killing the SCLC.
From Ohio TV station WHIO:
Members of the the National Board of Directors for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference came to Dayton Thursday from all over the country to throw their support behind Rev. Raleigh Trammell.
Trammell, chairman of the national board and president of the SCLC’s local chapter, is under investigation for allegedly embezzling nearly $570,000 from the national organization’s funds. The national treasurer is also facing the same allegations.
During a news conference Thursday afternoon, SCLC national board members said they are standing behind Trammell and stressed that Trammell has not been charged with any crime.
“We have the right to have our day, to have our story told,” said national board member Rev. Makel Hutchins. “We must not pre-convict people or try them in the court of public opinion before they have had an opportunity to see a court of law.”
The FBI raided Trammell’s Dayton office earlier this month, removing several computers and other files. In reaction to the allegations, the SCLC also began an internal financial investigation.
“We have thus far seen no evidence of any misuse or unauthorized use of SCLC funds,” said Randy Johnson, of the SCLC internal investigation
will be released in April.
“There is a storm that has met us and we’re meeting it head on,” said Hutchins. “When all this is over the SCLC will emerge stronger, wiser and better.”
Trammell did not make any statements and the national board did not address any alleged misspending at the local level.