Leon Jenkins, president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the NAACP, has resigned after receiving backlash over his relationship with L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
Late last night, the NAACP issued the statement below:
NAACP Interim President and CEO Lorraine C. Miller has accepted the resignation of Los Angeles NAACP President Leon Jenkins.
In his letter of resignation, Mr Jenkins stated, “Please be advised that the legacy, history and reputation of the NAACP is more important to me than the presidency. In order to separate the Los Angeles NAACP and the NAACP from the negative exposure I have caused the NAACP, I respectfully resign my position as President of the Los Angeles NAACP.”
The national office of the NAACP is developing guidelines for its branches to help them in their award selection process.
Records indicate that Sterling’s foundations have given Jenkins’ branch at least $45,000 since 2007, The New York Times reports. The Times also points out that Sterling was given a similar award under Jenkins’ leadership in 2009.
In the words of Jay Z, grand opening, grand closing. Maybe the NAACP will finally get its act together.