NAACP's Leon Jenkins resigns, Union Station turns 75 and more

A look at the relevance of LA's NAACP in the wake of Leon Jenkins's resignation

Sterling NAACP Leader Basketball

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In this photo taken April 28, 2014, Leon Jenkins, president of the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP, announces that Los Angeles Clippers basketball team owner Donald Sterling will not be receiving his lifetime achievement award, at a news conference in Culver City, Calif. Jenkins has his own legal problems, which are coming into focus now that the NBA has banned Sterling for racist comments.

Leon Jenkins, president of the L.A. chapter of the NAACP, has resigned following criticism over his plans to honor Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling with a lifetime achievement award.

The award would have been the second given to Sterling under Jenkins' watch, despite his track record of lawsuits filed for discriminatory actions and statements.

The scandal focused an unflattering spotlight on the NAACP's Los Angeles branch and Jenkins.

Ken Bensinger profiled Jenkins earlier this week for Buzzfeed and joins us to talk about what this means for the Los Angeles chapter of the organization.

The Modern-Day NAACP

And as many look at the LA chapter of the NAACP's actions, what relevance does the national group hold as an organization for civil rights? How badly does the Donald Sterling scandal tarnish their reputation? Is there still a place for this historic organization amongst a sea of other activist groups?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson, founder of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable joins us to discuss the past and future of the NAACP.


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