Additional Information on the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

* In March 2004, SCLC’s interim president, Fred Shuttlesworth, came to the defense of Haitian dictator Jean-Bertrand Aristide. In alliance with the Congressional Black Caucus, SCLC denounced the overthrow of the Haitian regime (which had a long record of human-rights abuses) and demanded an investigation into America’s role in Aristide’s ouster.

* When President George W. Bush visited Martin Luther King Jr.’s grave in January 2004 and laid a wreath in honor of the late civil rights leader, Shuttlesworth denounced Bush’s visit as a cynical political gambit by a president whose “slippery politics” had “consistently contradicted the philosophy and principles” of Dr. King.

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