"Moral" Protestors Bring Message To Greensboro

10:52 PM, Aug 28, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- The Moral Monday demonstrations, which have been going on for several weeks, in protest of changes state lawmakers made in the last legislative session, arrived in Greensboro on Wednesday.

The event was planned to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington were Dr. Martin Luther King Junior delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech.

The group, led by leaders in the state chapter of the NAACP, has been voicing concerns about changes to unemployment, voter registration, taxes, abortion and education.

The Greensboro protest was organized to simultaneously take place along with 12 others in different congressional districts across North Carolina.

Rev. William Barber, the president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, says thousands of North Carolinians are raising their voices because the dream of justice is under attack.

He also explained that his organization is measuring the success of the rallies in different ways.

"Success is just us coming together. The consistency of it," Barber said. "The fact that people are mobilizing in all these communities. That's success. The increase in voter education, voter registration and the desire to vote, that's success."
Barber is also hoping the legislature would think twice about the new laws.

WFMY News 2 spoke with the interim chair of A&T University's Department of Sociology.

Dr. Sharon Warren Cook says the long term success of the rallies would also depend on how long the protestors can stay focused.

"Without a relevant message, that people can connect to their day to day situations, they will become remote. They will attend one or two meetings, they will fizzle out, they will get tired," she explained.

Some have criticized the rallies for not having a cohesive message and taking on cause after cause.

To that, Reverend Barber says people who stand for justice don't have the luxury of only being concerned with one issue.

WFMY News 2 is covering the Greensboro rally. Check back on digtraid.com for updates.


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