Rev. Dr. William Barber, President of the North Carolina NAACP, called on state legislative leaders this morning to take immediate action to place the state in compliance with the recent ruling issued by the North Carolina Court of Appeals regarding access of at-risk four year olds to publicly-funded pre-kindergarten.

In a letter that Barber and allies hand delivered to the offices of House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger,  Barber said that:

“We believe many parents and their children, particularly in low-wealth counties, were told by school authorities that they could not enroll in More at Four programs this fall because of the obstacles your legislation created. It is now your duty to take immediate steps to make sure each school district complies with its constitutional duty, Read More


UPDATED: WRAL’s Laura Leslie worked late last night and finally caught up with Reverend William Barber of the NAACP. She posted this story at 10:27 pm (updated at 1:40 am) in which Barber disputes information released by House Speaker Tillis’ office that’s discussed in the post below. reported this afternoon that NC House Speaker Thom Tillis’ office is claiming that “the Speaker had a meeting with the NAACP scheduled for 1:45 this afternoon, but the NAACP canceled the meeting.”

As usual, Tillis’ people were/are misleading the news media.

I spoke with Rev. William Barber, President of the North Carolina NAACP late this afternoon. Barber told me he’s been trying to get in touch with reporter Laura Leslie to correct the story she was fed by Tillis’ spokesperson, but that they had failed to connect. (UPDATED: It should be noted that Leslie tried to get hold of Barber first, but he was originally unavailable).

Barber told me that the truth of the matter is that Read More


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: Read More


The following is part of an announcement from the the HK on J Coalition informing folks that this year’s march is set for the morning of Saturday, February 11 (there’s apparently no truth to the rumor that this year’s march will be held at 1:00 a.m. in order to catch the General Assembly while it’s in session):

“Five years ago, the North Carolina NAACP began building a multi-racial, multi-issue alliance of progressive organizations in North Carolina to form the Historic Thousands on Jones Street People’s Assembly Coalition (HKonJ-PAC). The movement – made up of over 125 member organizations –will continue its anti-racist, anti-poverty and anti-war agenda with its annual march this February. Read More