Whalum clarifies remarks at rally opposing school consolidation

By Jason Miles - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Reverend Kenneth Whalum, Jr. made himself clear at a rally at his church Friday for people opposed to school consolidation.

"Man, I'm not going anywhere," Whalum said.

Whalum admitted to making a calculated moved during a special meeting of the Memphis City School Board Friday morning.

"As I walk out of this meeting, I'm not walking out in anger or defiance, but I am walking out in resignation," Whalum said at the meeting before he walked out.

Whalum said he meant to be evasive when later asked by reporters to elaborate.

"I guess you're trained to say there's a motive," said Whalum.  "I stated what I meant.  The definition of the word resignation simply means you object, that's all."

Whalum said he simply disagreed with the direction of the conversation at the meeting.

Whalum did not return phone calls seeking clarification before the rally Friday night.

"I didn't say anything about resignation from the school board," said Whalum.  "That's wishful thinking on a lot of people's parts, but I'm not going anywhere."

Whalum said he heard from people who were angry about the thought of him resigning.

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