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RECANT COMMENTS ON KING, NAACP URGES ABERNATHY

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The Board of Directors of the NAACP endorsed a statement Saturday blasting Rev. Ralph Abernathy for his controversial book that alleges Martin Luther King Jr. engaged in extramarital affairs on his last night alive.

The statement, drafted by the group's executive director, Benjamin Hooks, said Abernathy desecrated the memory of King and calls on him to "quickly correct the distortions of his book.""It is possible that this unfortunate episode was brought on by the two massive strokes suffered by Dr. Abernathy in recent years or by the toll the more than 35 years of struggle, beatings and physical abuse has taken on Dr. King's `dearest friend,' " the statement read.

On another matter, the board endorsed another statement by Hooks supporting impeached federal Judge Alycee Hastings.

Hastings, Florida's first black federal judge, was impeached by the U.S. Senate Friday for a bribery scheme.

The statement said a dangerous precedent has been set when an individual acquitted in a court trial can be removed from federal office on similar charges.