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Baltimore NAACP, left without power for year, faces election

August 20, 2018

BALTIMORE (AP) — After nearly a year of turmoil, the temporary administrator of the Baltimore NAACP says the civil rights group is posed for a “refresh.”

In October, the NAACP national board of directors voted to place the branch under the control of NAACP Maryland State Conference President Gerald Stansbury. That month, President Tessa Hill-Aston stepped down amid complaints she was mismanaging the branch, and her successor, Ronald Flamer, was suspended July 14.

The Baltimore Sun obtained a letter from national NAACP President Derrick Johnson informing the city branch that Stansbury would assume overall responsibility.

Several local board members have resigned, including Anthony McCarthy, who says Stansbury’s appointment has left the Baltimore branch “powerless.”

Stansbury says a special election this fall to elect a local president and board members will provide a reset.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com

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