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.
Rhonda Chalfant, PH.D.
President, Sedalia/Pettis County Branch, NAAP