In what one observer called a "ham-handed attempt to control the media," officials at the Thurgood Marshall Academy, a public school founded by Rev. Calvin Butts' Abyssinian Development Corp., sent out a memo last week telling parents to refuse to talk to reporters.
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Reverend Calvin Butts, the politically influential Harlem pastor, is in damage-control mode following the Voice's article last week about the Abyssinian Development Corp., addressing the contents of the piece in a closed-door meeting with church elders, known as deacons, and in Sunday's sermon.
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