Southern Christian Leadership Conference Backs Away from Honoring Vick
Good call, SCLC! It's nice to know that the SCLC has some wiser heads who recommended that this venerable organization keep their distance from Vick.
SCLC: No honor for Vick
Head of civil rights group voiced only 'support' for Falcons QB
By STEVE VISSER
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 08/06/07
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference has backed off its vow to honor accused dogfighter Michael Vick at its convention this week.
"There is no award or no honoring of Michael Vick," said SCLC spokesman David Stokes.
Last week, SCLC President Charles Steele told AJC reporters that the civil rights organization would honor and recognize the embattled Falcons quarterback who is under federal indictment on dogfighting charges.
"We need to support him no matter what the evidence reveals," Steele said before the convention began, adding that his organization was focusing on Vick's redemption.
So far the convention, which began Friday and ends Wednesday, has had no special event for Vick.
And on Monday, shortly before former President Bill Clinton was to address the convention, Stokes insisted that Steele never had any intention of honoring the quarterback, who is now banned from training with the team.
"He was just reiterating the support for Michael Vick ... that he was innocent until proven guilty," Stokes said.
State Rep. Tyrone Brooks (D-Atlanta), however, said Steele called him last week to talk about honoring Vick. Brooks, a lifetime SCLC member, said he counseled against it.
"I said, 'Stay on point, the convention is bigger than a particular man,' " Brooks said. "There are a lot of young people who need our help. Michael Vick is not one of them."