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Friday, September 17, 2010

"Legal strategies for challenging resegregation" on tap at NAACP-led gathering in Raleigh next Saturday (Sept. 25)

Posted by on Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 11:59 AM

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Civil rights groups have promised to take the Wake County Board of Education to court if its new student assignment plan — still a work in progress, if progress is the right word — would result in resegregation of the school system. They'll start to flesh out that promise with their specific legal strategies at a meeting next Saturday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m., at Christian Faith Baptist Church, 509 Hilltop Drive, Raleigh.

State NAACP President the Rev. William Barber and national NAACP President Ben Jealous will participate along with the leaders of the UNC Center for Civil Rights, the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, NC Advocates for Children, and the NC Justice Center.

Christian Faith Baptist is, notably, the home parish of the Rev. David Forbes, hero of the civil rights movement in his student days in Raleigh 50 years ago. Forbes is featured in the Cash Michaels film, "Obama in NC: The Path to History," which was on the Indy cover Aug. 25.

Forbes invites "every person of good will" to attend the event, according to the announcement sent by the state NAACP's office in Durham:


Major Announcement Planned by NAACP and Advocates: First Legal Action Towards Stopping Resegregation in Wake County and Across North Carolina.

On Saturday, September 25, 2010, at 9 a.m., The North Carolina NAACP along with the UNC Center for Civil Rights, the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, NC Advocates for Children, NC Justice Center and other advocate organizations will unveil the first legal strategies challenging resegregation. The NAACP is also announcing plans for National NAACP President/CEO, Ben Jealous along with North Carolina NAACP President, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II to join together in announcing this major new action and make a special mobilization plea for the One Nation March on Washington 10-2-10. Rev. David Forbes, founding member of SNCC and pastor of Christian Faith Baptist Church, will host the event and has welcomed every other person of good will to gather at Christian Faith Baptist Church (509 Hilltop Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610, 919-833-5834) to participate in the Hour-Long Announcement.

President Jealous is the co-convenor of the One Nation March in Washington, DC on the following Saturday, October 2nd, about Jobs, Justice and Education. Several bus loads of North Carolinians have already committed to participate with tens of thousands of Black, Brown, and White Americans to affirm their allegiance to One Nation with liberty and justice for all.

BACKGROUND: The N. C. NAACP filed a major civil rights complaint with the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education against the School Board of Wayne County, 45 miles east of Raleigh, on December 1, 2009. That same day Wake County School Board Chair, Ron Margiotta, joined by four new members, swore to uphold the constitutions of the United States and North Carolina. For the next nine months, while Margiotta and his anti-diversity caucus began dismantling the nationally recognized diverse schools in Wake County, Federal officials visited Wayne County several times, checking on how the tax payers' money was spent by the School Board there.

The North Carolina NAACP helped convene a team of lawyers from the N.C. Justice Center, the NAACP, the UNC Center for Civil Rights, the Southern Coalition for Social Justice and Legal Aid of North Carolina to analyze the statements, actions and plans of Margiotta and his anti-diversity caucus. Rev. Dr. Barber said, "Resegregation plans have resulted and are resulting in similar high-poverty high schools across the state-in Winston-Salem, Charlotte, Wilmington, Halifax county, and other areas. Our NAACP local branches have watched this trend with great anguish and deep concern."

Speaking from Washington DC, today, where he is a lead panelist at the Faith in Action National Briefing on Education Barber said, "The whole nation is watching what we do in Raleigh." "Will we save the nationally-recognized Wake County diversity/student achievement model"? "Or will we allow the resegregationists to go back to unconstitutional, racially identifiable high-poverty schools, that deprive minority and poor children of equal opportunity to excellent teachers, resources, and social networks"? "The NAACP will never turn back."

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