CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The president of the Charlotte Chapter of the NAACP is urging parents to keep their children out of school Monday and bring them to the Government Center to protest using the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday as a snow make-up day.
Our opposition is very serious, said Rev. Kojo Nantambu.
He said it would be a desecration for students to have to go to class on the only national holiday set aside to honor the life and work of an African-American.
Nantambu said the Board of Education decision to open schools Monday, shows little consideration for the black community and the things that concern the black community.
Following the protest at the Government Center on Monday, the NAACP plans to take students who show up to the Levine Museum of New South and then on to the Harvey Gantt Center to learn more about the legacy of Dr. King.
At a news conference announcing the protest, the pastor of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Reverend Donnie Garris said he would urge his congregation Sunday to join in the Monday protest.
I have a son who is at Mallard Creek high School. I will as a parent, have my son involved in activities on that Monday, he said.
CMS School Board Chairman Eric Davis said on Thursday that students will spend time in the classroom Monday learning about Dr. King and the history of civil rights.
Rev. Garris said that is not enough.
There is a way that the community celebrates and observes Martin Luther King Day that you can't get in school, he said.
The calendar of make-up days was written two years ago and the board recently agreed that in 2012, no matter what, Martin Luther King Jr. Day would not be used as a make-up day.