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After protest, Uhurus ask School Board to settle suit

Published Aug. 28, 2005

The International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement asked the Pinellas School Board on Tuesday to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of 21,000 black children "as a good faith effort."

The lawsuit, which charges Pinellas schools with failing to educate black students, was granted class action status in July.

Namdi Lumumba, a representative of the group, also asked the board to end the choice student assignment plan and to take the proposed tax referendum for teachers' raises off the Nov. 2 ballot.

The requests came after the group protested in front of the school district's headquarters for about 30 minutes. The board did not respond to Lumumba's comments.

A fourth Uhuru request to meet with superintendent-designate Clayton Wilcox was welcomed by Wilcox, who will succeed retiring superintendent Howard Hinesley on Nov. 1.