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“We want the National Conference of Black Mayors to represent excellence,”  Johnson, who is also president of the National Conference of Black Mayors, said on “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” Wednesday.

That may be a tall order for the former NBA star who admitted that the organization has lost its 501(c) 3 tax-exempt status because the necessary IRS forms were not filled out.

“It was poor record keeping,” Johnson said.

It’s unfortunate that an organization of 500 black mayors is tangled in so much mess that it jeopardizes the future of the 40-year-old group.

“At the end of the day we found mismanagement and misappropriation of funds that I’m not proud of,” Johnson said. “We’re not sweeping this under the rug; we’re taking it head on.”

On the National Conference of Black Mayors website, the banner reads: “Forty years of leadership and progress.”

But the website is empty.

“By now most of you have probably realized or have been notified that we are in the process making some changes to our web infrastructure. We humbly ask that you please bear with us during this time and that you stay tuned to witness these exciting new changes as they happen.”

Let’s hope change happens soon. Johnson said his organization represents 48 million Americans who are looking for leadership.

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