Center for Civil Rights Newsletter

Center for Civil Rights Newsletter: Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The UNC Center for Civil Rights announces the release of the special report

"Unless Our Children Begin to Learn Together..."
The State of Education in Halifax County, N.C.

A comprehensive analysis of the history, educational impacts and legal implications of maintaining three separate school districts in Halifax County, N.C.

Mark Dorosin and other speakers at the report release press conference, May 9, 2011.

On May 9, 2011, the Center for Civil Rights held a press conference at the Historic Halifax County Courthouse for the release of its special report "'Unless Our Children Begin to Learn Together...' The State of Education in Halifax County, N.C." Mark Dorosin, the Center's managing attorney, presented an overview of the report and its findings to more than 80 elected officials, education leaders and community advocates. Several Halifax County leaders also provided remarks about the significance of the report, including Rep. Angela Bryant, District 7, N.C. House of Representatives; James Pierce, chair, Halifax County Board of Commissioners; Julia M. Meacham, mayor, Town of Weldon; Gary Grant, executive director, Concerned Citizens of Tillery; David Harvey, president, Halifax County NAACP; and Margaret Parrish, community advocate, The Committee to Save Education in Halifax County.

The report grew out of the Center's work with several local community organizations and education advocates. It provides a comprehensive analysis of the history, educational effects and legal implications of maintaining three separate school districts in one county: Halifax County Public Schools (HCPS), Weldon City Schools (WCS) and Roanoke Rapids Graded School District (RRGSD). Examining the racial and educational disparities among the county's three school districts, the report concludes that the maintenance of three separate, racially segregated school districts in Halifax County is a continuing violation of the constitutional rights of all students and severely undermines the quality of public education throughout the county.

Please contact civilrights@unc.edu to request a copy of the report.

Read the report and related materials.


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