RALEIGH (AP) — The North Carolina chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People announced May 3 that it’s planning another round of protests at the General Assembly following the arrest of 17 activists.
State chapter president the Rev. William Barber announced alongside most of those arrested earlier this week that more NAACP members and activists aligned with the group will engage in nonviolent demonstrations May 6 with the possibility of more arrests. Religious leaders, professors, members of social justice group the Raging Grannies and others are expected to join the protests.
The NAACP has come out forcefully against what the group calls a regressive agenda in the Republican-led General Assembly targeting Medicaid, unemployment benefits, the earned income tax credit, voting rights, public education, and, most recently, a House bill narrowing income eligibility for the state’s pre-K program offered to children at risk of falling behind their peers.
Barber was among the 17 arrested April 29 outside the Senate chambers of the General Assembly after more than an hour of prayer and songs of protest. All were charged with misdemeanors and later released on bond.
Also among those arrested was Duke University professor Timothy Tyson, a visiting scholar of the Divinity School with a background in civil rights scholarship. Tyson said that professors joining the upcoming demonstrations include William Chafe, former dean of Arts and Sciences at Duke, Robert Korstad, also of Duke, and Jacquelyn Dowd Hall of the University of North Carolina.