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NC NAACP calls for equal access to higher education

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP and immigrant rights advocates rallied in downtown Raleigh Tuesday, calling for equal access to public higher education.

The annual meeting was held at the NC Community College headquarters.

NC NAACP President Rev. William Barber was one of several speakers at the event.

"How we treat our children is a reflection of what we believe about them," said Chapel Hill Town Council member Maria Palmer.

Undocumented students pay out-of-state tuition and must wait for other students to register for courses before they can sign up for classes.

Yazmin Garcia Rico shared her story of struggling to get her degree. After graduating, she now encourages other undocumented students to strive for the best.

"Some of us have lived here for half our lives some other this is all they know," said Garcia Rico, "Don't deny these students who have been to school with your kids the opportunity to better themselves and get an education."

 

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