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Cary McMillan

Stripped of power, Baltimore NAACP branch seeks a 'refresh'

Stripped of power, Baltimore NAACP branch seeks a 'refresh'

The Baltimore NAACP, for decades one of the civil rights group’s most prominent and influential branches, has been stripped of its power by the national organization pending a special election this fall being held after a series of internal controversies.

The NAACP national board of directors voted in October to place the 106-year-old branch under the control of Gerald Stansbury, president of the NAACP’s Maryland State Conference, and removed the local president this summer.

As temporary administrator, Stansbury “assumes overall responsibility” for the branch’s operations and has the final say on all expenditures and local policy matters, national NAACP President Derrick...