Another round of "Moral Monday" protests are on tap today as the state NAACP continues its weekly protests at the General Assembly.
In a pair of articles Friday, the Rev. William Barber, president of the state NAACP, and Yvonne Brannon, head of the Great Schools in Wake Coalition, cite the 2010 Wake County school board protests as being successful forerunners of the current protests.
In Friday's Associated Press article, Barber says doubters of the effectiveness of the current protests should look to what happened when they fought the student assignment efforts of the former Republican school board majority in Wake.
The NAACP vigorously fought that proposal with a similarly broad strategy, beat back the policy, and then helped usher in a Democratic board, Barber said in that article.
"All of that together produced a win when people thought it was entrenched," Barber said. "And what did the other side do? They dismissed us, and because of that they lost."
In Friday's N&O article by Anne Blythe, Brannon said Barber’s involvement in Wake, and his multipronged strategy that also included legal challenges with the civil disobedience, brought heightened publicity and more speakers to an issue that was going somewhat undetected.
Three years later, you've got a new school board majority and a change in the assignment policy.
“I think the enhanced attention was very beneficial,” Brannon said.
Brannon also spoke out about the ongoing protests, saying she was worried about the education efforts by the GOP-led legislature. As in 2010, Brannon has not gone as far as Barber in getting arrested.
“I do feel deep remorse that our state has gotten to the point where once again we’re getting this negative national attention,” Brannon said. “I am sad that people feel like they have to use civil disobedience to get their elected officials’ attention. I think if the elected officials paid more attention, we wouldn’t have to be like this.”