NAACP announces “Forward Togther” events, new toll free elections hotline

Rev. barber 2Invoking the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech to “go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana,” North Carolina NAACP President William Barber urged civil rights advocates around the country to “go back to North Carolina” at press event today in Durham. Speaking as the nation prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, Barber told the assembled audience that “North Carolina is our Selma of today” in the nation’s centuries-old battle for civil rights.

In a wide-ranging talk that focused mostly on the activities of local boards of elections to restrict college student voting in the aftermath of the passage of the so-called “Monster” voter suppression bill, Barber announced that the NAACP would be sponsoring 13 separate Forward Together Movement rallies next Wednesday August 28 (the actual 50th anniversary of the ’63 march) in each of the state’s 13 congressional districts – see below for details.

He also announced along with NAACP attorney Jamie Phillips that the NAACP had established a new toll-free hotline that North Carolinians can call with concerns about voting and voting rights. The number is 1-855-664-3487 (i.e. 1-855-NO ID 4 US). Phillips said the number would be staffed with live NAACP members who would connect callers and/or relay their concerns to voting rights experts.

Barber also reiterated past statements that the NAACP would, along allies in the civil rights community, be pursuing  all legal option available to combat the voting restriction provisions of the new “VIVA” law signed by Gov. McCrory.

Despite the serious subject matter, the talk ended on an upbeat note: Barber noted that the “extremists” pushing the voter suppression agenda had done something “they can’t take back” — namely, unleash the previously somnambulant progressive groups and individuals who are now rising to the fight. In this respect, he said, “their greed is a gift.”

Details on next week’s events:

District 1 – Elizabeth City
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Museum of the Albemarle Front Lawn
501 S. Water St. Elizabeth City, NC

District 2 – Dunn
Location To Be Announced Soon

District 3 – Greenville
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Pitt County Courthouse
102 3rd St. Greenville, NC

District 4 – Chapel Hill
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Peace & Justice Plaza
179 E. Franklin St. Chapel Hill, NC

5 – Boone
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Harvest House
247 Boone Heights Dr.

District 6 – Greensboro
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S. Elm St. & E. Lee St. Downtown Park
201 E. Lee St.

District 7 – Wilmington
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Innis Park in Downtown Wilmington
2nd St. and Princess St. Wilmington, NC

District 8 – Concord
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MLK Memorial on Cabarrus Ave.
Parking at 484 Cabarrus Ave.

District 9 – Charlotte
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Marshall Park
800 E. 3rd St. Charlotte, NC

District 10 – Lincolnton
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Lincolnton Courthouse
1 Court Square Lincolnton, NC

District 11 – Sylva
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Bridge Park in Downtown Sylva
76 Railroad Ave. Sylva, NC

District 12 – Winston-Salem
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Corpening Plaza
231 W. 1st St.

District 13 – Raleigh
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Wake County Courthouse
316 Fayetteville St. Raleigh, NC

 On August 28th,

we will lift our voices and say “Forward Together, Not One Step Back!


  1. Alan

    August 22, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Dr. Barber is a truly inspirational individual. The struggle continues…

  2. Skeptic

    August 22, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    I yield to no one in my dislike of Republicans, but Barber is being reckless with his rhetoric. NC today is not Selma in 1965. Nobody is getting stunned with a caddle prod or having his head cracked open on the sidewalk. There have not been–and will not be–any race riots. Calm down, Reverend.

  3. Jerry Thomas

    August 22, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    He has really made some great speeches with a lot of insight!

  4. Marilyn (Sandy)) Verrill

    August 24, 2013 at 8:31 am

    People may not be stunned with cattle prods but let’s not forget the suffering incurred with the emotional drag of knowing you’re being singled out to be kept out. DON’T CALM DOWN, REVEREND!

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