Local News

NAACP calls for mass Wake schools protest

Posted June 22, 2010 11:14 a.m. EDT
Updated June 22, 2010 7:36 p.m. EDT

— Civil rights leaders upset with changes to North Carolina's largest school district say they'll stage a mass demonstration in protest on July 20.

State NAACP President Rev. William Barber made the announcement at a meeting in Raleigh on Monday.

Barber was arrested last week along with three other people for disrupting a meeting of the Wake County Board of Education.

The groups are upset that the board voted to scrap a 10-year-old policy of busing students to achieve socio-economic diversity.

The activists say the effect of ending the policy will be the reintroduction of racial segregation.

Leaders of the school board disagree, saying they want to give families more say in where their children go to school.

"There is a tragedy unfolding in Wake County, but it is not confined to Wake County," Barber said in an "open letter" to the community Tuesday.

"It represents a clear call to our community-Black, White, Latino, Asian-to employ all the moral, political, and legal means at our disposal to stop it before it's too late," he continued.