ALBANY, Ga. -- William Wright, the embattled president of the local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People chapter, has had his membership suspended by the organization's national office.
A letter sent to Wright by national NAACP President/CEO Benjamin Jealous Thursday -- and obtained by The Herald late Thursday -- notified Wright that his suspension is "effective as of the date of this letter pending a full hearing, if requested in writing, before a hearing panel of the National Board of Directors."
Jealous spelled out three "actions" taken by Wright that led to the organization's decision.
Jealous wrote: "This action is taken to protect the NAACP from the danger of irreparable harm because of your actions:
1. Misrepresenting yourself as an authorized agent/representative of the association after being notified of your removal on or about Sept. 1, 2010;
2. Failure to adhere to a directive of the National Board of Directors and National Office, specifically Removal of Officers, Article X, Section 2(a) of the Constitution. ... To date you continue to hold improper Branch meetings, including a meeting to elect a nominating committee on Sept. 19, 2010;
3. Failure to surrender NAACP monies and property to the Georgia State Conference as directed by the National Office."
Jealous directed Wright to "cease and desist from acting or holding yourself out as a member of the NAACP."
Wright has 10 days from receipt of the letter to file a written notice of appeal with the NAACP's national office.