Response to "Blacks Only" Assembly

Published 02/19 2016 10:38PM

Updated 02/19 2016 10:38PM

MAUMELLE,Ark.--The Arkansas Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is sounding off after Maumelle High School held a "black students only" assembly.

School officials say the assembly was given by a pastor who shared stories on gang violence and decision making.

The ACLU says the subject matter is prevalent to all races not just blacks, and in their letter calls the school choice "A grave concern for the equal protection rights of students".

"We were deeply concerned that the students were singled out for this type of assembly in the manner of which they were," Holly Dickson, Legal Director ALCU of Arkansas said.

School officials say they were following a court order for desegregation, and they plan on holding the same assembly for all middle school students next week.

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