Black Leaders Stand Behind John Wiley Price

Michael Eric Dyson rallied hundreds to support the Dallas County Commissioner whose home and office was raided last month.

Posted: 07/18/2011 01:00 PM EDT

 

(Photo: www.johnwileyprice.com)

Black leaders rallied nearly a thousand people to protest the alleged discrimination faced by Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price.

 

The crowd held signs reading “Justice for John” and gave Price, who was in attendance, a standing ovation at the St. Luke Community United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas, on Sunday.

 

BET.com previously reported that last month Price’s office, home and cars were searched by FBI agents. Price, the founder of Kwanzaafest,  is currently under investigation for not disclosing where most of the $1 million made during the 2009 festival went.

 

Some believe that race was a factor in the FBI probe.

 

"He's outspoken to some, flamboyant and extremely articulate Black man who lives not a quiet life and I think that rubs some people the wrong way," ordained minister, author and radio talk show host Michael Eric Dyson, Price’s friend of 15 years, said at the rally.

 

Other leaders in attendance included Dr. Juanita Wallace, the president of the Dallas branch  of the NAACP and Hector Flores, the president of the League of United Latin American Citizens.

No charges have been filed.

 

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