ATLANTA -- A group of leaders of local affiliates of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is suing the national organization and says Isaac Newton Farris Jr. is its current and lawful president of the organization.
The group filed a civil complaint seeking an emergency hearing on the matter on Tuesday and is calling for a judge to stop the civil rights group's annual meeting scheduled for Thursday.
C.T. Vivian is the group's interim president. Farris says he was unfairly forced out earlier this year.
A spokesman for the SCLC says the organization has no comment on the lawsuit, but added that none of the plaintiffs are "bonafide members" of the group.
The SCLC was co-founded by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957 to fight racial injustice.