The long awaited face-to-face meeting between Wake County Schools Superintendent Tony Tata and the Rev. William Barber, president of the state NAACP, will take place Wednesday afternoon.
Barber had requested the meeting with Tata in a letter saying he wanted to build a strong working relationship with him. But Barber also reminded Tata that the NAACP was still fighting Wake's elimination of the socioeconomic diversity policy, including filing the complaints that have led to a federal civil rights investigation and a probe by an accreditation agency.
Tata agreed to the meeting last month, saying he looked forward to "having an open and honest conversation." Tata had initially requested a one-on-one meeting but relented when Barber said he wanted to bring people with him.
Michael Evans, Wake's chief communications officer, said Barber indicated he'll bring seven people with him. Tata will now also bring people to the meeting.
The meeting will take place at 3 p.m. at the school system's central administration building, 3600 Wake Forest Road in Raleigh. It's a private meeting.