The Portland NAACP board held an emergency meeting Friday evening, where they voted 7-3 for Elbert “E.D.” Mondainé’s immediate resignation as the chapter president.
The vote came two days after the Portland Mercury published an article containing sexual, physical, and psychological abuse allegations against Mondainé from three men who used to attend Celebration Tabernacle, the church where Mondainé is head pastor. The report is supported by eight additional sources who have also accused Mondainé of emotional abuse while attending his church. Mondainé has denied all of the allegations.
Despite the board’s Friday vote, Mondainé is refusing to step down.
“We recommended he resign,” said one board member, who asked to remain anonymous. “Yet, he wishes to serve out his term regardless of what the board recommends.”
This action was confirmed by a second board member, who also requested the Mercury keep their identity anonymous.
Mondainé has been the president of Portland’s NAACP since 2018. On Thursday, Mondainé announced that he would end his campaign to serve a second term as president—but would first finish out his current term, which expires after the NAACP’s upcoming November 21 election.
The board’s vote recommends otherwise.
The vote also contradicts a Tuesday statement sent to the Mercury by Mondainé (through a employee for the Portland NAACP) which claimed that the NAACP board “will be standing with” Mondainé in light of the abuse allegations.