Look for the state NAACP to speak out at today's Wake County school board meeting.
In a news advisory sent this afternoon, the group said "leaders within NC NAACP will continue to speak out against Wake County’s anti-diversity caucus of the Wake County School Board ending socio-economic diversity policy, setting a course for resegregation of its public schools.
The public comment section starts at 4 p.m.
With all the speakers on agenda items done at 4:42 p.m., Margiotta called for a recess and said he'd resume public comment after employee awards scheduled for 5 p.m. were given.
Coincidentally or not, the next group of speakers were from the NAACP. The Rev. William Barber, presidnet of the state NAACP, objected to the recess, saying they would refuse to give up the podium until they spoke.
Only John Tedesco, Keith Sutton, Carolyn Morrison and Anne McLaurin are in the room hearing the speakers. The others are out on recess.
The meeting has resumed a little after 5 p.m. with Margiotta saying he's pushed back the awards ceremony for the NAACP speakers to talk.
Tim Tyson is talking past his two minutes. He's refusing to stop. Barber is backing Tyson and arrests could be coming soon.
“The anti-diversity members of this school board wipe their feet on our ancestors,” Barber said.
Barber said they’re willing to accepted being locked up for peforming their “spiritual witness in a non-violent act of conscience.
“We are willing to break a lesser law and accept our punishment to defend a larger law,” he said.
At 5:28 p.m., Margiotta called for a closed session. About 20 people are singing various civil rights songs. Barber warned they were not going to leave the building as the board walked out.
The protesters have taken over the seats of the board members and are holding their own mock meeting as they ask for speakers from the public to come up to the podium.
Click here to read the NAACP press release on the protest.
At 6:06 p.m., no arrests yet but that's because there are no police in the building yet. It looks like the NAACP protest caught the district off guard or else the normal contingent of four off-duty cops would have been here already.
At 6:17 p.m., the police are now downstairs. We'll see how much longer it lasts.
At 6:20 p.m., Margiotta asked them to leave. When they said no, they were arrested and charged with trespassing. Three were quickly taken away.
After a wait for an ambulance because of Barber's size, he was transported to the Wake County jail to join the other three protesters.
In addition to Barber and Tyson, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church minister Nancy Petty and activist Mary Williams were also arrested.