On what should be a national holiday, supporters of immigrant rights (led by the Adelante Education Coalition and the American Friends Services Committee) will be gathering to support education for all at candlelight vigils across the state. Tomorrow, February 1st, will be the 51st anniversary of the Greensboro sit-ins, a watershed moment in the civil rights movement. We visited the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro shortly after the hunger strike last year, a visit from which we will always draw inspiration.

As you likely have heard, HB11 has been introduced into the North Carolina legislature, which would ban undocumented immigrants from attending public colleges and universities. Since the North Carolina Department of Revenue finds it perfectly acceptable to accept income tax revenue from immigrants working in the United States without visas, the state has no right to deny those same immigrants the education they have paid for. The state is especially misguided to do this to immigrant youth who came as minors and have no legal pathway to legalize their status under current law.

From the AdelanteNC.org press release:

The Adelante Education Coalition will join with supporters and community members on the anniversary of the 1960 Greensboro sit-ins by NC A&T students to stand together for education for all. Vigils will be happening across the state, at the following locations:

Raleigh, 7 p.m. in front of the NC General Assembly, Jones St.
Contact Bart Evans (919) 660-0704 or Nayely Perez-Huerta (919) 433-6055

Greensboro, 7 p.m. at New Garden Friends Meeting, 801 New Garden Rd. (at Friendly Ave.)
Contact Eric Jonas (336) 379-0037, Lori Khamala (336) 491-0039 or Wooten Gough (336) 306-3252

Charlotte, 6pm at Marshall Park MLK statue
Contact Lacey Williams (704) 879-1298

Greenville, 6pm at New Covenant Community Church, 1212 North Greene St.
Contact Juvencio Rocha Peralta (252) 258-9967 or Dani Martinez-Moore (919) 533-9203

Asheville, 4pm at the Vance Memorial at Pack Square, Downtown
Contact Diego Lopéz (828) 460-8112 or Molly Hemstreet (828) 230-8937