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NAACP holds education conference in Raleigh

Posted December 1, 2010
Updated December 2, 2010

— The NAACP is bringing a national conference on education to Raleigh, where a debate over school diversity remains a contentious issue.

The civil rights group said Wednesday that its annual Daisy Bates Education summit will be held from Thursday through Saturday. Bates, the conference's namesake, helped integrate schools in Little Rock, Arkansas, where Army soldiers escorted black high school students.

The conference will include representatives from 2,200 NAACP branches and units from around the country. NAACP national president Benjamin Jealous will deliver an address Friday. State NAACP President Rev. William Barber NAACP puts spotlight on Wake schools

Wake County has been near the center of national debates about racial and ethnic diversity in schools. This year, a majority of school board members, elected in 2009, voted to end the county's decade-old policy of busing for socioeconomic diversity.

The NAACP has led protests and filed federal complaints over that decision.

"This country deserves a plan that works," Jealous said at an NAACP conference in Raleigh in September. "It has one. Let's get back to that, so we can tackle the tough issues that still need to be dealt with."

Wake school board members who support changing the policy say that their goal is to have students attend schools closer to where they live and that the shift has nothing to do with resegregation.


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  • circlecity Dec 3, 2010

    Barber needs to go get a real job where he can keep his mind on what he is doing and stay out of things he knows nothing about. Its time for the black parents to stand up and do their part to rise and teacher their children instead of seating them down in from of the tv or street corners with their baggy pants and read to them, talk about things they did today, walk around the neighbor together and talk about the trees, flowers, birds. Education starts at home with walking talking and values with some children do not get but off the street from the drug dealers

  • ProudBlackSingleMother Dec 2, 2010

    Diversity is a scam.

  • u stand corrected Dec 2, 2010

    127 comments? Thought there would be at least 500!

  • sendusmessage Dec 2, 2010

    It's a shame to see what's happening to an organization that used to bring positive change. Really, is there nothing more important going on in the country? Guess any urban parent who likes having her kids near home is against racial equality or something?

  • WGH13 Dec 2, 2010

    For all the REBEL Bro's join this org. w

  • Duke _Nukem Dec 2, 2010

    NAACP holds education conference in Raleigh

    Ha,ha,ha...I love it. An ignorant, closed-minded group having a education conference. Very laughable.

  • common_sense_plz Dec 2, 2010

    Goodness, why cant anyone understand that more money can go towards students if we kept students in local schools! I guess no one understands dollars unless they are the ones receiving it.

  • WGH13 Dec 2, 2010

    NO BUSSING!! We already spend enough tax dollars on these people. They eat better than i do now! where's my cheese

  • fatchanceimwrong Dec 2, 2010

    The U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled that race cannot be a factor in deciding where kids attend school. Seems to me that the involvement by the NAACP in this issue goes against the Supreme Court's ruling.

  • cwood3 Dec 2, 2010

    Rev. Barber, if you and your friends really want to make a difference, then get in the schools and volunteer to be a tutor. This won't make your organization much money, but it will make a difference in a small childs life.

    Which is more important???? We'll see by your actions what you and the NAACP are really all about!!!