Civil Rights: Quit-In at the N.A.A.C.P.

"I cannot in good conscience plead for fair procedures, the elimination of discrimination and the right of free expression for black Americans when the N.A.A.C.P.'s leadership is so hypocritical and lacking in integrity as to disregard those standards in its own affairs."

With that slashing statement, Robert Carter—an N.A.A.C.P. lawyer for 24 years —last week resigned his job as general counsel of the association. With him went the other seven lawyers and seven clerical workers who made up the N.A.A.C.P. legal department. Their mass quit-in, staged in protest over the firing of another staff member, Attorney Lewis Steel, threatened to...

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