Press Release

Statement: Suspension of Metro Birmingham Branch President

September 12, 2018

Baltimore, MD  — The nation’s foremost civil rights organization issued the following statement regarding its suspension of NAACP Metro-Birmingham Branch President Hezekiah Jackson:

On September 7, 2018, NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson issued a letter to Mr. Hezekiah Jackson, President of the Metro Birmingham Branch, notifying Mr. Jackson that his membership in the NAACP and his leadership of the Branch were being immediately suspended pending a hearing into allegations (1) that he advised homeowners not to have their soil tested by the EPA for potentially deadly toxins, and (2) that he accepted cash payments for engaging in this activity. Mr. Jackson was directed to immediately cease holding himself out as a member of the Association and as President of the Branch.  As the letter begins an internal disciplinary process, the NAACP will have no further public statements about this matter until the process is completed.


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