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									   MEDIA ALERT                               ACORN                            
                                             Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now
                            April 1, 2008
          Contact: John Comer or Dustin Bayard:                                    919.833.6194

                   Parents and School Board to Discuss Segregated Assemblies

RALEIGH, NC- On Thursday, April 3, 2008, at 5:00 pm, two concerned parents and a community member
will meet with three member from the Wake County Board of Education to discuss the segregated assemblies
that occurred at Dillard Drive Middle School in Raleigh, NC, on December 4, 2007.

WHO:           Dillard Drive Middle School Parents, School Board Members, and a Community Member
WHAT:          A Private Discussion Regarding the Segregated Assemblies
WHEN:          Thursday, April 3, 2008 at 5:00 pm
WHERE:         Cameron Village Public Library

After months of rejection, two concerned parents of Dillard Drive Middle School students and a community
member will have a private discussion with two members of the Wake County School Board and
Superintendent Del Burns. Concerned parents and community members have been calling for a public meeting
since the segregated assemblies occurred. This meeting is a result from a protest the parents held at the school
board office on February 19, 2008. At that time, the parents submitted letters to the school board with three
demands: a public apology from Dr. Abron, principle of Dillard Drive Middle School and conductor of the
segregated assemblies; a public meeting, where Dr. Abron would answer questions regarding her actions; and,
diversity training for all faculty and staff of the school.

It is hard to fathom how racially based segregated assemblies do not constitute a civil rights violation. Parents
expected school officials to take the actions of Dr. Abron seriously, and to work hard to quell any concerns they
had. However, weeks passed before anyone from the school system responded. When a reply was received,
the offering of the board was paltry in comparison to the parents’ wishes.

The acceptance of the limited meeting in no way serves as an alternative to parents’ demands. The parents,
trying to ensure a safe and prejudice-free environment for their children, have agreed to meeting with three
members from WCPSS, even though it is a far cry from what is needed to provide closure on this matter. And
while, it would be beneficial for the entire school board to listen to the concerns of all parents, two parents have
volunteered to tell their stories, and urge the board to oblige to the demands already put forth.

ACORN would like to commend those parents who are determined to reveal the truth about what was said in
these assemblies, as experienced by their children. While it seems that only Dr. Abron’s account of the incident
is being told, these children offer another that is more disturbing and accurate. ACORN is proud to support the
parents who, in the face of numerous rejections and obstacles, are determined to make certain that all children in
Wake County public schools are treated with dignity, respect, and equality.

                                      Raleigh Office: 1408 Hillsborough St. Raleigh, NC 27605
                           Phone: 919-833-6194 - email: or

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