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.
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