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24 July 2012

SCLC Chides Dunkin' Donuts for Not Having Enough Black Franchise Owners

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), an organization that once spearheaded the 1963 March on Washington and the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches, is now leading the charge against perceived discrimination from a national doughnut chain.

SCLC Executive Board Member E. Theophilus Caviness authored a resolution alleging that Dunkin' Donuts refused to "give African Americans the same opportunities available to white or male franchise developers."

The Caviness resolution reads in part, "There are about 6,990 Dunkin locations and less than 10% are owned by African Americans and Dunkin Donuts denied an African American couple the right to open multiple Dunkin Donut locations from their home state to open stores in less economically favorable areas in which these stores ultimately failed financially."

The SCLC is requesting a Court "implement a 'Remedial Damages' program or programs to assist African American franchise ownership in economically advantageous areas, which would be monitored for compliance and efficiency by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference."

However, a check of the United States Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) database does not show any litigation filed that lists the SCLC as a plaintiff or Dunkin' Donuts as a defendant.

The SCLC is currently embroiled in an internal dispute over its leadership, with some members taking legal action designed to return a former SCLC president back to the helm of the organization.