Church supporting NAACP in diversity fight

February 4, 2011 8:59:13 PM PST
A local church is reaffirming its commitment to support the NAACP in its fight for diverse schools in Wake County.A.M.E. Zion Church leaders addressed a crowd of about 800 men who came out for the 7th annual men's night out program Friday to encourage them with that message.

"We are still opposed to the abandonment of the socio-economic diversity policy and we are renewing our commitment to continue our fight," Bishop Richard K. Thompson said.

The fight is against those on the Wake County Public School Board who voted to take the diversity policy out of student assignment.

The NAACP maintains that move will lead to the re-segregation of schools -- a claim several school board members dispute. Rev. William Barber, an outspoken critic of the move toward community-based schools, says he will fight to keep schools diverse.

"We simply want one thing and that is that every child has an opportunity to high-quality, constitutional, well-funded diverse public education," Barber said.

Rev. Barber's comments come on the same day as the new Wake County Schools superintendent sent him a letter thanking Barber for his prayers and best wishes.

Tony Tata also told the reverend that he looks forward to sitting down with him, in private to have an honest conversation about working together to increase student achievement for all children in Wake County.

Click here to read the letter

According to the letter, someone from Tata's office will be reaching out to Barber to set up a time.

It is unclear when the meeting will actually take place.

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