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LA NAACP prez resigns amid controversy

Leon Jenkins

Leon Jenkins

By Zenobia Jeffries

The Michigan Citizen

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles NAACP President Leon Jenkins resigned May 1, following scrutiny of his plan to award LA Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling with a lifetime achievement award for promoting civil rights.

Jenkins was to present the award to Sterling, which would have been his second in the past five years, later this month. He announced early this week the organization would no longer offer Sterling the award after a recording of Sterling making racist comments surfaced over the weekend. Read stories here .

In a letter to the national leader of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, Jenkins wrote, “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.”

This is not the first time Jenkins has had “negative exposure.”

Jenkins was a 36th District Court judge in Detroit, Mich. between 1984 and 1987. During that time, he was caught lying about his residency to get lower auto insurance rates, fixed tickets and accepted other bribes, according to the California Bar Journal. He was also observed on FBI surveillance taking money.

In 1991, the Michigan State Bar Review said Jenkins “sold the public trust” and was disbarred in Michigan, and eventually, in California.  Read story here.

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