U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson Begs National Urban League Not to Cut Ties With Dallas Division

U.S. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson says the National Urban League has “shown an impressive ability to faciliate critical strategic partnerships for the revitalization of the southern sector of Dallas.” (Michael Ainsworth/Staff photograher)
U.S. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson says the National Urban League has “shown an impressive ability to faciliate critical strategic partnerships for the revitalization of the southern sector of Dallas.” (Michael Ainsworth/Staff photograher)

U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson says that if the National Urban League severs ties with the Urban League of Greater Dallas and North Central Texas, it “could have a devastating impact on hundreds of non-profits” and “thousands of individuals” who rely on their services.

In late July, the New York City-based National Urban League told the Dallas organization it was going to “officially disaffiliate” the locals because there are “several serious concerns about the fiscal management and organizational governance.” And Terry Woods, chair of the Urban League of Greater Dallas’ board since March, isn’t disputing those allegations of improprieties, but maintains they took place during a previous administration. In a July 23 statement, Woods said “law enforcement may be asked to assist” with the ongoing investigation into, among other things, the disappearance of funds that resulted in the civil rights organization’s inability to make payroll.

In her missive to National Urban League President and CEO Mark Morial, Johnson says she too is “aware of recent concerns involving the mismanagement and noncompliance” of the Dallas Urban League.

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SOURCE: Robert Wilonsky
The Dallas Morning News

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