Leon Jenkins, president of the Los Angeles branch of the NAACP, has resigned in the wake of the scandal involving the branch’s now-scuttled plans to honor disgraced LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling with a lifetime achievement award. The organization is expected to make a full investigation into how the branch had decided to give Sterling not one, but two, lifetime achievement awards; the first came in 2009. “Please be advised that the legacy, history and reputation of the NAACP is more important to me than the presidency,” Jenkins said in his letter of resignation.
Before Sterling’s racist remarks came to light last week, the group’s LA branch had planned to honor him at an awards gala May 15 at the Biltmore Hotel. Among the others to be honored were the Rev. Al Sharpton and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti. It remains to be seen if the awards dinner will go on as planned. (more…)