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Michael Lafitte steps down as president of Shreveport Chapter of the NAACP

Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 7:02 PM CST

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Michael Lafitte has resigned as president of the Shreveport Chapter of the NAACP.

In December 2021, some members of the Shreveport NAACP called for Lafitte to step down. This came after members claimed Lafitte was the property manager and minor owner of the Woodlawn Terrace Apartments, a complex that has been under scrutiny for its living conditions.

However, KSLA has not been able to verify with Lafitte or the management of the complex that he is involved.

Lafitte will continue his duties with the state NAACP. He is also well-known in the community for his involvement with the Dads on Duty group.

Former Vice President Dr. Montrell Whitaker is the new president of the organization.

Related: Some Shreveport NAACP members to ask branch president to step down

Pastor Lee Arthur Jeter Sr., NAACP district vice president, released the following statement about Lafitte’s resignation on Monday, Jan. 17:

“The NAACP Louisiana State Conference has accepted the resignation of Michael La’fitte as NAACP Shreveport Branch president. The resignation was effective January 1, 2021. We are working to ensure a smooth transition through this process. The State Conference appreciates and thanks Brother La’fitte for his tireless efforts in stabilizing the local branch after the untimely death of Lloyd Thompson while further advocating for the voiceless in the greater Shreveport area. The Shreveport Branch is one of the oldest branches in the entire Association. And history tell us that it will be around longer taking care of the people’s business. I have asked Brother La’fitte to continue working in the vineyard as a member of the State’s Economic Development Committee.”

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