The Southern Christian Leadership Conference has had their bank accounts frozen because the bank can’t figure out who’s in charge of the civil rights group. The group has experienced bitter in-fighting since it dismissed one of its leaders.
The SCLC is currently split in two factions. Both had board meetings this week, one in Atlanta, Georgia; the other in Eutah, Alabama. The Alabama group is led by a member who was ousted for alleged misuse of funds. The group’s treasurer and several board members followed him out.
Attorney Charles Mathis represents the group which met in Atlanta. He says they’re suing members of the other group because they can’t access money to pay their employees.
"The legal department of that bank had determined that the account should be frozen because of question of who has signatory over these accounts," says Mathis.
It’s the second lawsuit Mathis has filed on behalf of the group this week. The other has to do with who has rights to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference name.