GREENSBORO — The Rev. William J. Barber II, president of the N.C. NAACP, said the Moral Monday protests have expanded across the state today in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington 50 years ago.
"When the dust settles, we will make North Carolina a little closer to its dream," Barber said. "Dr. King may have had a national march, but national movements are state movements. You have to fight it at the state level. You have to break through it and change the state legislature."
There will be simultaneous rallies held in 13 cities at 5:30 p.m. today similar to the Moral Monday protests held throughout the General Assembly's most recent legislative session. Barber said the rallies, themed "Taking the Dream Home," are not about one person, but about the state and the dream.
"We want the governor to focus on the good of the whole," Barber said. "They've engaged in public nightmares."
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He pointed to high unemployment, changes in abortion laws and education and the new voter ID bill passed by the General Assembly this session.
"It's an attack on the fundamental right to vote. It's the worst bill since Jim Crow," Barber said.
After each point made, several supporters surrounding Barber chanted "nightmare."
Barber said the NAACP deems its Moral Mondays successful because people have come together to protest and the state has become energized by the protests at the legislature.
"The rallies are designed to put a spotlight on these nightmares of public policies," Barber said. "The dream is still more powerful."
The Greensboro Moral Wednesday will be held at 201 E. Lee St. at 5:30 p.m. Music will begin at 5 p.m.
Barber will not be there, speaking in Lincolnton and Charlotte instead.