CLEVELAND, Ohio-The Cleveland Chapter NAACP is under scrutiny because its officials cannot confirm whether its 81-year-old president or former president, semi- retired Cleveland Attorney George Forbes (pictured), is still the president of the local chapter of the nation's most prominent Civil Rights institution. And he can't either, apparently, though he said last week that he has called it quits. (Editor's note: Read the complete article for the potential candidates for the November election for Cleveland NAACP President and see the end of the article as to the harassment of state Sen. Nina Turner by Forbes because he could not control her like some other Cleveland area Black elected officials that allegedly fear him and what he might do to them if they do not cooperate when he says so on community and political issues).
The legal counsel for the Call and Post Newspaper, Cleveland's Black press that is owned by internationally known boxing promoter Don King, and a former Cleveland City Council president famous for throwing a chair at Cleveland Ward 8 Councilman Jeff Johnson and for losing a bid for mayor against former protege Michael R. White in 1989, Forbes is one of Cleveland's most colorful Black leaders, and one that has been a power broker on political and community issues affecting the Black community for more than four decades beginning when he was first elected to city council in 1963.
He and Cleveland NAACP officials have come under fire in recent months by community activists and others for ignoring Black issues of public concern, including malfeasance around the Imperial Avenue Murders, harassment of Blacks by the common pleas and municipal courts in Cuyahoga County, illegal foreclosures and the denial of construction and other work to a representative number of Black contractors on lucrative projects such as the Cleveland Medical Mart and Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, which opens in downtown Cleveland next month.
He is quoted in a story this week in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio's largest newspaper, as saying he submitted his resignation by letter last year, effective Dec. 21, 2011.
But the article says also that he allegedly acknowledged that just this month he sent out a support letter on Cleveland NAACP stationary championing gay marriage saying he is still president, and this happened even though the online encyclopedia dubbed Wikipedia says that he is the former president.
And longtime investigative reporter Carl Monday of Cleveland 19 Action News revealed in a television news expose last week that he reportedly spoke with Forbes, organization First Vice President James Hardiman and others, and that confusion over Forbes' status was obvious, with Monday reporting that Forbes purportedly said, in fact, that he had quit the organization.