The national office of the NAACP has suspended the longtime head of its Philadelphia chapter, J. Whyatt "Jerry" Mondesire, and three board members involved in a months-long public feud involving allegations of financial mismanagement.
The national NAACP said in a statement Friday that there is an "internal administrative process which provides suspended members with a right to appeal," and adding it would not comment further.
The suspended board members -- Donald Birts, the Rev. Elisha Morris and Sid Booker -- have accused Mondesire of mishandling the group's finances. Mondesire has vehemently denied the allegations.
Mondesire did not respond to a call seeking comment. Gerard Egan, an attorney for the three board members, said his clients would contest their suspensions.
News of the suspensions was first reported by The Philadelphia Tribune.