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SCLC Board Takes Fight to Court

ATLANTA (CN) - Leaders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference have taken a spat to court. Three ministers claim two other ministers and three fellow officers violated the group's bylaws and constitution and locked the plaintiffs out of the SCLC building.

The lead plaintiff, the Rev. Curtis W. Harris, has been a member of the civil rights organization since 1958. The complaint in Fulton County Superior Court claims that the defendants tried to remove and replace officers and members of the board; established committees and sought to appoint people to them in violation of the constitution and bylaws; and "executed and presented illegal resolutions to establish bank accounts and have illegally changed names on the SCLC bank accounts."

And it claims that "SCLC General Counsel Dexter Wimbush has overstepped his authority and continues to perpetrate false statements to manipulate the board of directors."

The plaintiffs seek a restraining order and injunction requiring that a board meeting be called by the "properly elected" chairman of the SCLC board of directors.

The plaintiffs are the Rev. Dr. Curtis Harris, the Rev. Dr. Wilbur Shanklin and the Rev. Randy Johnson. The defendants are the Rev. Dr. Byron Clay, the Rev. Dr. Sylvia Tucker, Randall Gaines, Dexter Wimbush and Ron Woods.

The plaintiffs are represented by Thelma Wyatt Moore.

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