The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) announced the election of The Reverend Bernice King, the daughter of The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. (the organization’s founder), as its eighth president this morning. The Reverend Eric P. Lee, president of the Los Angeles chapter of the SCLC and an outspoken advocate of social justice, was targeted last year by the organization for his advocacy in favor of LGBT marriage equality during California’s Proposition 8 controversy.
With next week’s anniversary of Proposition 8, and the upcoming marriage equality votes in Maine and Washington, Reverend Lee says, “my hope is that Reverend King will follow in the spirit of her father and her mother. We know that her mother, Coretta Scott King, was supportive of LGBT equality, and we believe that Dr. King would have been as well.” Reverend Lee adds, “it’s going to be a tough role for her because, of course, sexism still plagues our society. My hope is that her election is a sign that the SCLC is returning to its sprit of equality for all people. The need for the SCLC is more critical than ever at this time. Our society is facing the challenges of healthcare reform, immigration reform and education reform. Reverend King and the SCLC have the opportunity, and the obligation, to once again ensure justice is provided to all people.”
Reverend Lee is the author of the book, “Marriage Equality: Proposition 8, The California Divide”, and the co-producer of a 90 minute documentary film on the failure of public education for African American and Latino children entitled, “Who Is Accountable?” For additional information about the Reverend Eric P. Lee, please visit: http://cause-pr.com/2009/10/the-reverend-eric-p-lee/