Shreveport NAACP faces lawsuit

By Tracy Clemons – bio|e-mail

SHREVEPORT, LA(KSLA)- Long-time Shreveport NAACP member Willie Bradford has filed a lawsuit against the chapter. He says some of the people running to lead the branch haven't been there long enough, which is a violation of NAACP rules.

"You must be a member for 180 days before the election, and some people who are running have not been members of this organization for that period, and I wanted that corrected," says Bradford.

One of the people he takes aim at is presidential nominee Larry Ferdinand. Bradford tells KSLA News 12 that there's no list anywhere locally that says whether Ferdinand or the other nominees qualify.

"The election process is very important. Illegitimate persons should not be running for office."

He says he doesn't have a problem with any of the people running for office, but he stresses that it's important for the NAACP to practice what it preaches.

"We could not have credibility in fighting for fairness and justice for others if we're not willing to police ourselves and assure that our process and what do is also fair and balanced."

The election was scheduled for this Saturday. A judge signed a temporary restraining order Thursday morning stopping it.

"We do not want the local branch to have any elections until they provide a valid membership list, and then go back through the nomination process for officers based upon a valid membership list," says Bradford's attorney, John Settle.

KSLA News 12 attempted to speak with Larry Ferdinand about the lawsuit, but he didn't return our message.

Willie Bradford stands by his stance that he's acting in the chapter's best interest-"To sit here and allow an illegitimate election to occur would be irresponsible on my part."

We spoke with the Deputy Director of Communications from the NAACP's national headquarters. He says they just received the complaint and could not comment.

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