PRESS RELEASE: NAACP National Board of Directors' Hearing and Findings of former President Sadiqa Sakin
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 29, 2020
CONTACT: Carolyn Riley-Payne, President, Seattle/King County NAACP
On April 21, 2020, the NAACP National Board of Directors effectively removed former NAACP Seattle/King County President Sadiqa Sakin from our local Branch as officer and member. After a thorough investigation and hearings by the National Office and Committees, the National Board of Directors reached its conclusion and findings for Ms. Sakin by stating in part, ” In accordance with Article X, Section 4, of the Bylaws for Units, the President and CEO suspended you from office as President of the NAACP Seattle King Co. Branch on November 04, 2019, after it was determined that your activities, behavior, and conduct were detrimental and inimical to the NAACP.”
The National Board of Directors also voted to suspend Ms. Sakin’s membership for a period of five years, commencing from the original suspension date of November 04, 2019. Once the suspension time is complete, Ms. Sakin may apply to the National Board of Directors for reinstatement of her membership.”
Per NAACP Constitution and Bylaws for the Units, Article X, Sec 2.” The Board of Directors, upon satisfactory evidence that a member of the Association is guilty of conduct not in accord with the principles, aims and purposes of the Association, as set forth in this Constitution,… or is guilty of conduct inimical to the best interests of the Association, may order suspension, expulsion or other disciplinary action against such member, after a hearing in accordance with the provisions of this Article.”
Effective immediately, Carolyn Riley-Payne is the President of the local Seattle/King County NAACP Branch #1136.
We thank you, our community members, for staying with us as we continue to sort out the matter and fight for social justice in Seattle/King County. Now more than ever, we need your help and membership to further ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination