The state NAACP will hold a rally on Christmas Eve.
Rev. Dr. William Barber II, president of the civil rights group, and advocates from the Adelante Education Coalition willrally to express their support for illegal immigrants to attend state community colleges.
In August, the board of directors for the N.C. Community College System voted to keep a ban on admission for undocumented students made earlier this year.
Barber will share the Christmas message from Luke 2:7 in the Bible, in which the baby Jesus is laid in a manger because there is no room at the inn.
A press release for the event says there will be "excellent visuals" for TV and photojournalists, but it does not explain exactly what.