CHAPEL HILL – The North Carolina NAACP’s “Taking the Dream Home” rally, an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, is happening this evening at 5:30 in front of the Courthouse on Franklin Street. Speakers include former state senator Ellie Kinnaird, lawyer Tye Hunter, and Paige Johnson of Planned Parenthood.
Similar events are going-on simultaneously in the state’s 12 other congressional districts as well.
The rallies are also a continuation of this summer’s Moral Monday protests in Raleigh which resulted in more than 900 arrests in General Assembly. Thousands gathered then and “Taking the Dream Home” organizers hope the same energy will carry over to Wednesday’s event.
If it’s raining, the event will be held across the street in University Methodist Church.http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-town/taking-the-dream-home
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WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will join former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton at the Lincoln Memorial today to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
President Obama says he considers the 1963 march and the Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have a Dream” speech a “seminal event.”
He says the anniversary is a good time to reflect on how far the country has come and still has to go.
WCHL will bring you President Obama’s remarks Wednesday live in the 3:00 p.m. hour. And, U.S. Senator Kay Hagan joins Ron Stutts in the 8:00 a.m. hour of the WCHL Morning News to talk about the March on Washington as well as North Carolina’s new voting law.http://chapelboro.com/news/national/marking-50-years-since-i-have-a-dream