Myrtle Beach NAACP leader calls for public apology after ‘nasty’ disagreement with county councilman

The president of the Myrtle Beach branch of the NAACP is accusing an Horry County councilman of verbally attacking him and says he will ask County Council that the man offer a public apology.

Mickey James, NAACP Myrtle Beach branch president, on June 4 sent a certified letter from the local branch of the civil rights organization asking Councilman Bill Howard to apologize for his “atrocious” behavior displayed during Memorial Day weekend.

The letter says that if Howard does not “formally apologize to the public and confess [his] shortcomings,” the NAACP will seek “direct action to remove you from office.”

The letter was delivered June 8, according to U.S. Postal Service tracking information.

“It might seem like nothing, but it’s a big deal to me because he’s in public office,” James said. “It needs to be known that his behavior was not OK.”