By: Mark Fitzgerald
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) — which in June decertified its Chicago chapter after an election controversy that left two factions claiming the leadership — recently granted affiliate status to the group headed by Vernon Jarrett, the veteran columnist who was an NABJ founder.
NABJ’s board rejected an application from the group that has claimed the leadership and name of the Chicago Association of Black Journalists (CABJ) since an April election, which the national association did not recognize. Louis Byrd III, a freelance photographer who leads that group, wrote on the CABJ Web site recently that it is not going away: “Without the hindrances of cronyism, elitism, and shallow politics, we can now be an organization of substance.”
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