Community members sign petition to oust Carver Center's board of directors

By Marshanna Hester

June 13, 2013 Updated Jun 14, 2013 at 10:09 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The Peoria Branch of the NAACP is spear-heading efforts to remove the Carver Community Center's board of directors.

Community members were asked to sign a petition at a public forum Thursday night calling for a no confidence vote.

NAACP president Don Jackson said it is the only solution to ensure the Center meets its July 27th re-opening date.

In April, interim director Ken Hinton and his core team resigned abruptly, citing communication issues with the board.

Jackson said efforts to resolve the dispute have failed and now it's time to do what's right for the community.

"it's a center for the community, not for five people who deem themselves to be the power of the board," Jackson said. "So it would seem to me that they ought to react to at least what the community wants and if that's what the community wants, then they should graciously step aside and we'll thank them for their services."

"I'm going to be supporting them to the degree that they want to remove a board, but I am not going to ask a board to leave that I didn't hear from. I didn't hear from them tonight," said community member Elouise Pearson. "I would like to have heard why things are happening."

Jackson said Hinton and his team are willing to come back, but not under the current board.

Multiple phone calls to board president Norman Lippett were not returned.

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