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The Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama, has fired one of its co-founders, 82-year-old Morris Dees, a legendary civil rights activist.

Richard Cohen, president of the SPLC, announced Dees ouster in a statement, report the Montgomery Advertiser,, the Washington Post and the Associated Press. Cohen didn t give a specific reason for the firing, but his statement referred to steps the group is taking to evaluate the SPLC s internal climate and workplace practices.

As a civil rights organization, the SPLC is committed to ensuring that the conduct of our staff reflects the mission of the organization and the values we hope to instill in the world. When one of our own fails to meet those standards, no matter his or her role in the organization, we take it seriously and must take appropriate action, the statement said.

Today we announced a number of immediate, concrete next steps we re taking, including bringing in an outside organization to conduct a comprehensive assessment of our internal climate and workplace practices, to ensure that our talented staff is working in the environment that they deserve one in which all voices are heard and all staff members are respected. ...