Saturday, July 17, 2010


RALEIGH -- The A.M.E. Zion Church has joined a growing chorus of religious groups opposed to dismantling the Wake County school board's diversity policy, becoming the first national denomination to do so.

The decision by the denomination's 12 bishops is one indication that the school board's rollback of a policy that buses students to achieve diversity is gaining national attention.

The bishops also agreed this week to cancel their winter meeting in Arizona to protest the state's newly passed immigration law.

A historic, mostly African-American denomination of more than 1 million members, the A.M.E. Zion Church has long advanced civil rights causes. The church is also a stalwart supporter of the NAACP, which is leading the Wake protest.