When Mr. Mfume took over, the NAACP was in trouble, with $4 million in debt and major staff problems. He took bold actions that saved our oldest civil rights organization. When he left after nine years, the NAACP was on solid footing and had a financial surplus.
Even though Mr. Mfume and Mr. Bond disagreed on some matters, the NAACP renewed his initial contract with a salary increase. After getting the NAACP back on track, they negotiated an amicable departure that was confirmed by the board.
As to the gender accusations, when Mr. Mfume later ran for the U.S. Senate in a hotly contested election, he was endorsed by the National Organization for Women, the experts at evaluating candidates on women-related issues.