Duke University historian and author Tim Tyson is now doing hip-hop.
Tyson and gospel singer Mary D. Williams will meet with students Monday night at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church to help develop what organizers are calling “hip-hop infused chants” to be used at the following day’s march.
Protesters plan to march from the Raleigh Convention Center to the State Capitol before showing up at Tuesday’s Wake County school board meeting to oppose the elimination of the socioeconomic diversity policy.
School officials sent letters this week barring Tyson and Williams from school property following their arrest on second-degree trespassing charges for disrupting the June 15 school board meeting. Also receiving trespassing notices were the Rev. William Barber, president of the state NAACP; and the Rev. Nancy Petty, senior pastor of Pullen Memorial.
School board member John Tedesco called Monday’s attempt to help students develop chants an example of “staged theatrics” on the part of the opposition.
(I'm got a couple things running between now and Monday but I'm on vacation until July 26. I scheduled it back when the board wasn't meeting in July and before the march was announced.)