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“Truth & Hope Tour” kicks off today

On Thursday, January 19, the North Carolina NAACP, NC Justice Center, UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity and the Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change at North Carolina Central University will kick off the first leg of the “Truth and Hope Tour of Poverty in North Carolina,” a state-wide tour of rural counties and inner city neighborhoods where North Carolinians struggle to find work, decent housing, transportation, and sufficient food for their families.

Departing from Raleigh on Jan. 19, a bus full of activists, reporters, foundation leaders, and scholars will travel through the northeast quadrant of the state, engaging in town hall meetings, sessions with local leaders, and tours of neighborhoods directly affected by poverty.

“If we see the faces of poverty, maybe then we will have as a state the moral motivation to do the long, hard, necessary and righteous work of turning this reality around for the good of the whole of our state and nation.” said Rev. Dr. William Barber II, chair of the NC State NAACP.

A video trailer of the tour, which contains footage from listening sessions, is available online. Click here to view the video.

The tour schedule:

THURSDAY, JANUARY 19

9:30 a.m. – BEAUFORT COUNTY. Metropolitan AME Zion Church, 102 W. Martin Luther King Jr., Drive, Washington, NC 27889

12:00 p.m. – WASHINGTON COUNTY. Eastern NC & VA Headquarters Building, 111 June Street Roper, NC 27970

6:30 p.m. – PASQUOTANK COUNTY. Elizabeth City State University, K.E. White Graduate Center (Room 130), 1704 Weeksville Road, Elizabeth City, NC 27909

FRIDAY, JANUARY 20

8:30 a.m. – HERTFORD COUNTY. “Old” C.S. Brown High School, Cafeteria, 101 C.S. Brown Drive, Winton, NC 27986

1:00 p.m. – HALIFAX COUNTY. Brawley High School, E. 16th Street, Scotland Neck, NC 27874

4:30 p.m. – EDGECOMBE COUNTY. Rocky Mount OIC, Auditorium, 402 E. Virginia Street, Rocky Mount, NC 27801

 

3 Comments


  1. Jack

    January 19, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Social networking the old fashion way. Go “Truth & Hope Tour”!

  2. grant l hunt sr.

    January 19, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Hi, I’m a small minority owned business from fayetteville north carolina.I need some help with getting paid for a job that my company finished up on FT.BRAGG ARMY BASE.The job was complete on march 2011. A general contractor got my company for 24,000 DOLLARS..I understand that may not be a lot of money for some people,but when you have paid all your guys out of pocket it hurt’s alot. We have played every game, jumped through hoops this company has asked us to do,now they feel like since it has been so long,they don’t owe us anything.This happens often at FT.BRAGG ARMY BASE. with big companys that come from out of state. What can a small company do to a big company that doesn’t pay..How can you compete with their lawyers who has 14 caret gold buttons down his shirt..It’s people like that who beats a little company down..I just need some help.Point me in the right direction..PLEASE..Patience is running hair thin..PLEASE HELP ME..I have 4 kid’s i have to feed.Don’t want the goverments help to eat..Just want to get what’s mine by law..

  3. MyHBCUInterview

    January 20, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    We are so glad that the tour visited the one and only Elizabeth City State University. We invite anyone who attended to contact us and share with us what they learned.

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