LUMBERTON — The former president of the Unified Robeson County Branch of the NAACP is taking the current president to court, charging that he has been harassing her with threatening phone calls and messages.
Renae Stackhouse is seeking a “no-contact order” order against the Rev. Robert Davis. The case is scheduled to be heard before District Court Judge William Jeffrey Moore at 9 a.m Friday at the Robeson County Courthouse.
Stackhouse says in her complaint against Davis that she advised him on Jan. 24 to “cease his communication” with her because of his behavior. She said that at a meeting of the NAACP, he had “openly and publicly” accused her of mishandling the civil rights organization’s money and cases. When Davis was asked to supply proof for his statements, he refused, Stackhouse said.
Stackhouse charges that Davis started leaving her “threatening” voice messages and emails.
“His behavior was constantly annoying and he continued to express his intentions openly and publicly to cause injury personally in the community,” her statement reads.
Stackhouse went on to say that Davis continued his actions at a meeting of the NAACP on Feb. 23, and continued to leave her messages following that meeting.
“It was on March 23 that I really became worried that I need to take action,” she said.
Davis confirmed Tuesday that the court hearing will be held Friday, but declined to provide any additional information about the allegations against him. Although currently under a cease-and-desist order by the NAACP, Davis said that “everything will come out” when he offers his defense during Friday’s court hearing.
Davis recently requested the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP to authorize a financial audit of his chapter for the past five years. In a Jan. 31 letter to Amina Turner, the state’s executive officer of the NAACP, he cites several instances in which he alleges Stackhouse during her presidency used NAACP money in violation of the bylaws and constitution of the NAACP.
In his letter, Davis cited 13 occasions in which Stackhouse allegedly wrote checks totaling more than $9,400 without a branch treasurer being present or the transactions being reported to the members of the branch.
The state chapter of the NAACP, when contacted by The Robesonian, has said the situation is an “internal” matter and declined further comment.