ATLANTA (AP) - For more than a year, the daughter of the Reverend Martin Luther King Junior put off taking her oath as president of the landmark civil rights group co-founded by her father.
Now the Reverend Bernice King doesn't want the job at all.
Her decision to abandon the Southern Christian Leadership Conference comes at the worst possible time for the once-proud
organization, which has struggled to stay relevant as it split into
two factions, had its finances scrutinized and saw its former chairman indicted last week on theft charges.
The SCLC, which led the movement to end segregation in public
facilities and open access to the ballot box for millions of black
Americans, has fallen so far that former United Nations Ambassador
Andrew Young said he told Bernice King she had better things to do
with her time.
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