Ex-SCLC president fights for old job

by: Erica Byfield Updated:


ATLANTA - The former president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference wants to be reinstated.

On Monday, Issac Farris' supporters held a rally at Ebenzer Baptist Church in northeast Atlanta.

In April, Farris was ousted after nine months as president of the SCLC, the long-standing civil rights group co-founded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was elected to the position after the sudden death of the Rev. Howard Creecy, who is credited with stabilizing the group after years of infighting and a bitter leadership struggle that wound up in court.

Farris’ supporters planned to march from the church to the SCLC headquarters Monday, but the weather deterred those plans. If needed, the group said it will file a lawsuit.

Channel 2’s Erica Byfield reached out to the SCLC for a comment but got no response.