High Profile Public Figures among 54 Arrested at Protest in Durham, NC

NC NAACP President, Durham Council Woman Arrested At Protest

Barber Moral Monday Protest
Rev. Barber addresses media at the National Moral Monday Protest on 9/12/16.
Image by: A.P. Dillon

The President of the NC NAACP and a Durham Councilwoman were arrested along with 52 other people at a protest in Durham this past week.

Dr. Reverend William Barber and Councilwoman Jillian Johnson were arrested for impeding traffic during a “Fight for $15” minimum wage protest.

Councilwoman Johnson has an extensive Social Justice activism resume, including being a founder of several Left leaning non-profits examined previously by American Lens.

Barber and the NC NAACP led a similar protest in April of this year where protesters blocked a road in front of a McDonald’s in Durham.

Just prior to those protests, Curtis Gatewood, who is the coordinator of the Historic Thousands on Jones Street Coalition (HKonJ) of the NC NAACP, said that the protests would be, “the largest low-wage protest in U.S. history.”


Also arrested in Durham was Clinton Wright, a music teacher at the Durham Academy Elementary school. According to Durham Police records, Wright, who is white, listed his ethnicity as “African American.”

Clinton Walter Wright April 2015 Mugshot
Clinton Walter Wright

Durham Academy was contacted for comment but declined to respond. This is the second time Wright has been arrested and the school has failed to comment for the record.

Wright was arrested earlier this year on charges of trespassing and violating legislative building rules during a protest of House Bill 2.

Video emerged of the Fight for $15 protest courtesy of RT America, including an unidentified woman who claimed that, “had the minimum wage kept up with inflation it would have been well over $22 an hour now and so all the workers are asking for is $15 an hour.”

One protester in the video is shown holding up sign with famous Abolitionist Harriet Tubman on it with the logo, “#FightFor15” on the bottom corner.

According to Durham Police, those arrested were charged with impeding traffic. No bond amounts were set for those arrested. The names of those arrested at the protest are listed below.

AUSTIN, WILLIAM, DAVID
BAILEY, FREDERICK, LEE
BARBER, WILLIAM, JOSPEH
BARISH, SCOTT
BELL, AARON, JAVON
BEST, DAKITA, RENEE
BLALOCK, RITA, ELAINE
BRADLEY, EARL, EUGENE
BROWN, TIERRA, LASHANTE
BROWN, TISHWAN, J
BRYANT, AREYANA
CARR, JAGGER, T
CARTER, MATTHEW, KAI
CEBERIO, ELENA
CLARK, AMIRACLE
COKER, WANDA
CRAVEY, ALTHA, JANE
DAUGHTRIDGE, SHATRIL, JEANETTE
DIAZ, MARIANGEL, CALDERON
DIAZ, ROSARIO, MARIA
DIGSBY, RUDY, OMAR
DOOLEY, MARY, ELLEN
FRENCH, ANTONET
GATEWOOD, CURTIS, EVERETTE
GERALD, KENTON
GORHAM, LATIFAH, JENE
GREEN, THOMAS, JAMAL
HARTON, KENAN
HOYLE, PRISCILLA, ANN
HUNT, DEIDRIC
JOHNSON, DURAN, DESHWON
JOHNSON, JILLIAN, NICOLE
MCCLARY, LAKYALE, FINNESSE
MCCOY, RALPH, CARLISLE
MILLER, JUSTIN, SCOTT
MOBLEY, TAMARA, SHENELL
MONTANEZ, JOSEPH
MORRISON, TAKIYAH
OROL, JOSHUA, SASSON
PASS, ALLENA, LOUISE
PHARR, LEXUS, BRIANA
RAY, BRIANNA, NICOLE
RICHMOND, ANGELA, DELIOS
RUFFIN, BRANDON
SANDERS, SERENA, NICOLE
SCALES, JAMES, DARNELL
VONZABERN, KONRAD, JOSEPH
WILLIAMS, BARBARA, JAKERIYAN
WILLIAMS, ERICA, NICOLE
WILLIAMS, LINDSAY, RAE
WILLIAMS, MYQUANN
WINSTON, ERIC, JAMAUL
WRIGHT, CLINTON, WALTER
ZELTER, BARBARA

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A.P. Dillon is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of American Lens and is the founder the popular North Carolina based blog, LadyLiberty1885.com. ​A.P. Dillon has been a contributor at Breitbart, IJ Review, DaTechGuy Blog, Civitas Institute and The Heartland Institute. Her writing has been cited by Conservative Review, The Gateway Pundit, The Daily Caller, PJ Media, The Blaze, Michelle Malkin, Twitchy, Truth In American Education, Breitbart and FOX news. She has been a leading voice of Common Core opposition in North Carolina for the last four years.

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