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NAACP Accepts Lyons Resignation

November 16, 1997

BALTIMORE (AP) _ NAACP officials announced Saturday they have accepted the resignation of the Rev. Henry Lyons, embattled Baptist leader, and filed a formal complaint against another board member under pressure to quit.

NAACP chairwoman Myrlie Evers-Williams said Monday she was seeking the resignation of four national board members who have either admitted or been accused of financial misdealings.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People executive committee on Friday accepted the resignation of Lyons and voted to file an administrative complaint against Hazel Dukes. The committee is still reviewing matters involving the other two, James Ghee and Bobby Bivens.

Lyons, president of the National Baptist Convention USA Inc, has been under investigation for allegedly mishandling church funds as well as for alleged marital infidelity.

Dukes pleaded guilty to attempted grand larceny last month in New York.

Dukes, 65, former president of New York City’s Off-Track Betting Corp., admitted she took more than $13,000 from a leukemia-stricken employee who had trusted her to cash her paychecks.

Last year, Ghee was sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to 11 misdemeanor counts of embezzlement. Bivens was arrested in early October and accused of owing $20,000 in child support.

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