- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 21, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) - The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is renaming its international headquarters after its president and chief executive officer, Charles Steele Jr.

The Atlanta-based civil rights organization announced that it will officially rename the headquarters on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta in honor of Steele at news conference planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The SCLC said in a statement that the headquarters was built in 2004 and cost $3.5 million, most of which was raised by Steele.

In April, the SCLC board unanimously voted to name the building in honor of Steele in recognition for his efforts in securing sufficient funds for the structure and ensuring it remained debt-free. The organization now owns the building.

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