Ex-head of civil rights group to return as CEO

AP News
Posted: Jun 29, 2012 1:37 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is bringing back one of its past presidents to serve as the civil rights organization's chief executive officer.

The SCLC plans to announce Monday that Charles Steele will serve as CEO in an effort to "restore the financial stability and credibility of SCLC." Steele served as president from 2004 to 2009. The Tuscaloosa, Ala., native inherited an SCLC that was near bankruptcy and is credited with leading the organization back to solid financial footing.

During his tenure, Steele opened international conflict resolution centers and helped build the group's headquarters in Atlanta.

The SCLC was co-founded in 1957 by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to advance racial equality, but has been plagued with infighting and leadership woes in recent years.