Regarding Slave Cabin article

Dear Editor,

As president of the Sedalia/Pettis County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, I need to clarify a bit of information in the article about the controversy caused by Marge Harlan’s erection of a replica of a slave cabin on the grounds of the Rose M. Nolen Black History Library.

In the article, Marge Harlan identified herself as the secretary of the Sedalia/Pettis County Branch, NAACP. She does hold this position. However, under the Constitution and By-Laws of the national organization, only the branch’s president can speak for the branch. Dr. Harlan’s comments were purely her own and do not represent the views of the Sedalia/Pettis County Branch of the NAACP.

Reporter Faith Bemiss provided a clear and accurate report; her work met her usual standards of professionalism. The comments that the Sedalia/Pettis County NAACP is not associated with the cabin were included in the article at a later point. My concern is that readers who did not read all the article may have assumed that Dr. Harlan spoke for the organization.

Thank you,

Rhonda Chalfant, PH.D.

President, Sedalia/Pettis County Branch, NAAP

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