Freedom Ride & Moral Monday in NC

Freedom Ride & Moral Monday in NC

by Anne Clarke, Co-Leader, 2015 Freedom Ride; Lifelong Christian Faith Formation Coordinator, The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California 

One of the texts used in preparation for the pilgrimage has been the movie Selma, which tells a 50-year-old story of people uniting against discriminatory voting practices. Unfortunately, that story is not over. While we are in North Carolina, citizens have again united to protest laws that seek to block people of color from voting. While we are traveling to North Carolina to learn about the past, what we are learning is not just history, nor is it only pertinent to the South.

On Monday, NorCal Freedom Riders visit with Presiding Bishop-Elect Michael Curry (pictured at right, center), while thousands march in nearby Winston-Salem in the ‪Moral Monday‬ March to preserve voting rights. 3,500 people joined together in Winston-Salem, NC on July 13, 2015 for the Moral Monday March that marks the beginning of the trial over the 2013 Voter Information Verification Act in North Carolina. This trial comes just weeks before the 50th anniversary of the Voter Rights Act of 1965. North Carolina citizens are saying "This is our Selma."

Why North Carolina is the New Selma
“When voters of color were blocked from the ballot box by literacy tests, poll taxes and registration restrictions 50 years ago, people united in Selma to fight back. Today people are similarly taking a stand across North Carolina, where a powerful grassroots movement is flourishing. The Forward Together Moral Movement, convened by the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, had already been mobilizing its members across the state since 2007, working together to advance a progressive, multi-issue public policy agenda that encompassed the state's civil rights, faith-based, labor, student, LGBT and immigrant justice communities,” says Penda D. Hair, Co-director of the Advancement Project and public interest attorney who is representing the NAACP in the trial in North Carolina.

Click here to read the full article "Why North Carolina is the New Selma."


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