RALEIGH — The A.M.E. Zion Church will lend its support to the growing chorus of religious groups opposed to the dismantling of the Wake County school boards diversity policy, the first national denomination to do so.
The churchs 12 bishops who are meeting at the downtown Marriott hotel prior to the denominations quadrennial convention for Christian education, which begins Saturday also canceled their winter meeting in Arizona in protest of the states newly passed immigration law.
A historic, mostly African-American denomination of about 1.8 million members, the church has typically advanced civil rights causes.
Weve been known as the freedom church since our founding in 1796, said the Rev. George McKain, the church spokesman. Weve inherited a legacy from Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth. We cant talk about their legacy if we dont bring it to life today.
Two of the churchs North Carolina-based bishops have already voiced their opposition to the Wake County School Boards actions, joining the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina and the N.C. Council of Churches, among others.
A.M.E Zion leaders plan to participate in a protest march Tuesday in downtown Raleigh.