U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) To Visit Pitt County


The Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children will host a team from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) on March 16, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lucille W. Gorham Intergenerational Center Chapel, located on the corner of w.5th Street and Tyson Street, in Greenville.  The OCR visit is part of their investigation of a civil rights complaint filed by the Coalition on behalf of students that were excluded from participation in classroom instruction, were suspended from school for dress code violations, were excluded from extra curricular activities due to dress code violations, or were denied college scholarships due to dress code violations.  


Parents that have children that have been affected by Pitt County School Dress Code are urged to attend this meeting and share thier experiences.  OCR will interview affected individuals and hear testimonies about how the dress code has impacted parents and students. 


The Coalition found evidence that Pitt County School’s dress code policy disparately impacted African American students and was used by the District to:


·         Exclude African American students from college scholarships.

·         Exclude African American students from extra curricular activities such as honor clubs.

·         Exclude African American students from classroom instruction thus increasing the achievement gap.

·         Increase financial contributions to Pitt County Schools from clothing manufacturers and clothing retailers at the expense of African American families.


This is a District wide issue impacting African American students across the county in all high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools.  Please plan to attend and spread the word to others who have children that are affected.  If you are to end this discrimination we must stand up and be counted.


Rev. Ozie Lee Hall, Jr., President

Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children

Post Office Box 1699

Winterville, NC   28590


Dear Community:

You are cordially invited to participate in a roundtable discussion on the topic of:


The discussion will be held on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Leslie Building at Pitt Community College.

Over the past 10 years the achievement gap between black and white students in Pitt County Schools has widened. On average, Black students score about 150 points below white students on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), reducing their chances of entering and completing college. Black students are disproportionately placed on out of school suspension for minor subjective offenses, reducing the amount of time actually spent in classroom instruction. Pitt County Schools’ high school test scores declined over the past six years and black students disproportionately drop out of high school. Some believe that black students are worse off today than they were ten years ago.

In the past, the black community vigorously fought against segregation and racial isolation and won substantial gains in court or through the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division and gained the rights to have elected representation on local boards and commissions, including the Pitt County Board of Education.

On November 15, 2010, the Pitt County Board of Education voted 7-4 to re-segregate three schools located in the City of Greenville and one school in Winterville. These three Greenville city schools were crafted, by the Board of Education, to be low income, low achieving, under resourced, racially identifiable black schools starting during the 2011-2012 school year. The black community was visibly absent from participation in the process and the three African American elected school board members led the vote along with four whites to re-segregate black children. This has raised a policy discussion within the black community as to where the black community stands on the future of the education of black children in Pitt County Schools.

The Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children along with its legal counsels is presently reviewing whether to mount a federal court challenge to the school board’s decision to re-segregate and need to hear the views of the black community and its leadership before committing substantial resources to a court challenge. We need to know whether the black community wants re-segregation or not, and how you feel black children will be impacted by this recent school board decision.

Please come out and participate in this important event.

Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children

Executive Committee

Ozie Lee Hall, Jr.


Rose H. Glover

1st Vice President

Melissa Grimes

2nd Vice President

Caroline Sutton

Executive Committee Member

R.J. Hemby

Executive Committee Member

See related:

Pitt County Coalition

Cherie Speller: Schools need involvement–Source: Reflector

It’s hard for me to see race as the major issue with the new school assignment plan recently approved by the Pitt County Board of Education.

The new proximity-based plan allows most students to go to the schools closer to their homes, as requested by many parents of all races since the redistricting process in 2005 and echoed during the most recent process that ended Dec. 6. (Read more)

Note: This is quite interesting and I would love to read your thoughts. I agree 100% with “Because the real issue is educating students, all of them, wherever they are.” But the problem I have is that if the teachers are not from the community then this is going to be a major issue. Resources is another major issue. But as I have said over and over again as I have served on a couple of  Edgecombe County School’s PTO, School Improvement Teams, School Board Advisory Committee and other committees and I know first hand the issues within the school system as it relates to students, parents, staff and the board. I have received certificates of graduation for participating in the yearly (PESP) Parent Education Studies Program through the NC Justice and Community Development Center Education Leadership Institute at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill NC on June 14, 2002 and again on May 30, 2003 at the Holiday Inn Gateway Center in Rocky Mount NC.  Until we incorporate some of what worked in the all black schools we are going to continue to get the same ole results. Oh I also totally agree with “Don’t just march for change. March to the school to help out. Regularly.” This is why I do not participate in the local Dr. MLK events because I never see those who dress up for the banquet on Saturday and the march on Monday at the school board meetings nor any other meetings throughout the year. It is just like the school alumni’s give out scholarships to the children during their annual celebrations but where are they doing the school year? C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

Local teachers enjoy learning at Tech Fest – Source: The Daily Reflector

New technology can be scary, but with guidance and support, it doesn’t have to be.

Pitt County teachers were anything but scared at the district’s Tech Fest 2010. “Don’t Let Technology Scare You” was an appropriate theme for the event held Friday, the 13th, at South Central High School. (Source: The Daily Reflector)

Dixon funeral set; heart attack while driving killed board member – Source: The Daily Reflector

Funeral arrangements have been finalized for a Pitt County Board of Education member who died of a heart attack Saturday morning.

The visitation for Michael Dixon, 54, will be 6-8 p.m. Friday at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Rocky Mount. The funeral will be at noon Saturday at Philippi Church of Christ in Greenville. Arrangements are being made through H.D. Pope Funeral Home in Rocky Mount. (Read more @ The Daily Reflector)

See related:

Bishop Michael Dixon

HD Pope Funeral Homes

Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children meeting Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children meeting on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. at the C.M. Epps Recreation Center, 400 Nash Street, Greenville.
The Agenda includes:
Student Assignment
Unitary Status
Pending OCR Complaint
Sadie Saulter update

See related:

Pitt County Coalition

Pitt County Coalition For Educating Black Children Meeting


Immediate Release*****************Immediate Release

Contact: Rev. Ozie Lee Hall, President
             Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children
             P.O. Box 1699
             Winterville, NC   28590
             (252) 520-3397

A Complaint has been filed with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (see Attached) alleging that Pitt County Board of Education’s Dress Code Policy targets Black students and effectively denies them their rights to a free public education.  The policy has resulted in Black students that have been successful in school now developing discipline records because of this Dress Code.  Possibly hundreds of Black students across the district lose valuable instructional time because they are being punished for minor Dress Code violations.  The Complaints from parents are mounting and something has to be done.  School Officials have been conducting roundups and going classroom to classroom to find Dress Code violators.  The schools now seem to be more interested in finding dress code violators than in providing classroom instruction.

Notice and Invitation to Meeting The Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children will hold a meeting on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. at the C.M. Epps Recreation Center(Multipurpose Room), 400 Nash Street, Greenville.  The agenda will include the following:

1.  Up date on federal court litigation.

2.  Meeting with U.S. Attorney General, Civil Rights Division follow up.

3.  New OCR Complaint (See attachments).

4.  Sadie Saulter issue.

5. Organizational issues.

6. Up dates by our legal team.

Rev. Ozie Lee Hall, Jr., President
Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children

OCR Complaint:

If you would like to see the original OCR Complaint please email me.