Enthusiasm permeated Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church on Tuesday night. State NAACP president Rev. William Barber was preaching a sermon about taking North Carolina to a “higher ground.”
Barber’s “higher ground” is a state in which the unemployed receive enough money to help them stay afloat; teachers are paid adequately to educate our children, people are paid a living wage and voting rights are restored and protected. To help North Carolinians achieve that higher ground the state NAACP is spearheading a Moral March on Raleigh on Feb. 8. Barber hopes the march will draw more people than the 2,500 who marched on Selma.
“It’s a moment to energize, to synthesize as a force,” Barber said from the pulpit.
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He is relying pastors in cities throughout the state to rally their clergy to not only join the march, but to also be forces of change in their communities. Barber wants 50 pastors to preach about the March as part of their Feb. 2 sermon.
He has embarked on multi-city tour to take his message to the people. Local organizations such as the Charlotte chapter of the NAACP, local churches and community groups will do the legwork of organizing buses to get to Raleigh on Feb. 8.