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NAACP, H’wood Branch Vow To Cooperate

The two-year trusteeship of the Hollywood branch of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People was lifted last week. Leaders of the branch and the national office of the NAACP agreed to cooperate with each other in the future, ending a long feud between the two camps.

Hollywood branch VP Roland McFarland said: “Now we can get on with addressing serious concerns as they affect African- Americans in the Hollywood community. It was very difficult operating under the yoke of this administratorship.”

The “administratorship” – a form of trusteeship – was imposed in October 1989 after Benjamin Hooks, national executive director of the NAACP, determined that the Hollywood branch was in a “state of paralysis” because of disputes over the NAACP’s Image Awards show.

Under the terms of the trusteeship, Hollywood NAACP officials had to receive clearance from an NAACP-appointed administrator before they could expend any funds or speak to the press.

However, Hollywood NAACP officials remained outspoken during the entire trusteeship. Only last month, they picketed a national NAACP press conference called to announce this year’s Image Awards nominees and threatened to sue the national NAACP for return of control of the awards show. The local NAACP officials also called for a boycott of this year’s show.

As part of the agreement to lift the trusteeship, Hollywood NAACP officials agreed to drop any threats of a lawsuit against the national NAACP and to drop their threatened boycott.

The agreement, the culmination of high-level meetings last month in Baltimore, also calls for the Hollywood branch to play a larger role in next year’s Image Awards show, although this year’s show will remain the exclusive domain of the national office.

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