Portland NAACP President E.D. Mondainé has issued an "immediate resignation" from his post, according to an Oct. 20 statement from the central office of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
The fall from grace comes after the Portland Mercury reported that Mondainé sexually and physically abused several men while serving as the religious leader at Celebration Tabernacle, a Pentecostal church in North Portland.
Rev. Mondainé denied the allegations during an Oct. 15 press conference, saying they read "like pages in a horror novel." He promised not to run for a second term as president but vowed to stay on as leader of the influential civil rights organization until the group held executive committee elections on Nov. 21.
The central NAACP says that is no longer the case.
"The NAACP is firmly opposed to all forms of abuse, assault, harassment or discrimination. Such behavior has no place in the Association, regardless of whether these instances occurred in previous or current administrations," according to the statement. "We are continuing to investigate the matter in accordance with our bylaws, and if necessary, will take additional and appropriate action."
Five candidates associated with Rise Up PDX have filed to run for various leadership positions in the Portland NAACP this year. In a statement, the coalitions' accountability group said that the NAACP executive committee had already voted 7-3 to demand Mondainé's resignation on Oct. 16.
"Current executive committee members who voted to retain his leadership should not continue in a leadership role in the branch, however temporary the duration," Rise Up PDX said. "We cannot afford to have the specter of such damaging allegations and failed leadership hamper our work or further erode trust in the NAACP Portland branch, especially in this time of racial reckoning and calls for justice by the Movement for Black Lives."
The first hint of trouble for Mondainé arrived in Nov. 2019, when the Portland Tribune reported that some NAACP members accused him of financial mismanagement and bullying.