Civil rights org elects MLK's daughter president

ATLANTA (AP) - The Rev. Bernice King has been chosen to head the civil rights organization co-founded by her father, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference announced her election as president Friday morning. The organization held a closed-door meeting Thursday in Atlanta. General counsel Dexter Wimbish said ballots were tallied by an independent third party. They were unsealed Friday. Bernice King is the first woman to head the group in its 52-year history. The other candidate was Judge Wendell Griffen of Little Rock, Ark. He was the first black attorney to work for a major Arkansas law firm and is an ordained minister and pastor of New Millennium Church. Martin Luther King Jr. was the SCLC's first president from 1957 until his death in 1968.

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