RALEIGH – The N.C. NAACP’s Moral Monday protests return to Raleigh this week after holding the peaceful demonstrations in other cities across the state.
This time, college students will lead the rally to protest of legislation passed by the Republican-led legislature and Governor Pat McCrory, which they say hurts education and voting rights.
Protesters are set to meet at 4:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church on Wilmington St. in downtown Raleigh and will then head to the Governor’s Mansion at 5:30 following a rally led by students of the organizations such as NC NAACP Youth & College Division, NC Student Power Union, Cause and NC Vote Defenders.
“Young people have always been an active and important part of the Forward Together Movement,” said Reverend William Barber, NAACP State Chapter President and Moral Monday movement leader, in a statement. “As school begins across the state, they will continue to organize and build this movement in response to the immoral and unconstitutional attacks on student voting rights and public education. This is a Movement, not a moment!”
The Moral Monday demonstrations, which were held over the summer in Raleigh, saw more than 900 arrests in the General Assembly.