The Naacp Bets On A New Breadwinner

Kweisi Mfume hopes to show donors the crisis is over

Last March, officials of the scandal-plagued National Association for the Advancement of Colored People asked members of the AT&T Foundation to lunch at Manhattan's Remi restaurant. Myrlie Evers-Williams, who had just taken over as NAACP chair, quickly got down to business. What could the nation's venerable civil rights organization do to persuade the foundation to renew a three-year, $225,000 education grant that had expired in 1993? AT&T's answer: Put your house in order. "We were looking for strong leadership, strong financial controls, and a strong mission," recalls Milton J. Little, an AT&T Foundation vice-president who was at the meeting.

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