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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Frustrated with our elected leaders, the NAACP is gathering masses.

President of the organization, Reverend William Barber took his statewide tour to Wilmington Friday morning.

“What they forgot is that all politicians are terribly temporary,” said Reverend William Barber.

Barber and the Forward Together team are drumming up support for next week’s Moral March in Raleigh.

“We will have a people’s assembly representing all of North Carolina and its diversity,” he said.

Barber says he expects thousands to turn out for the peaceful protest February 8th, which he said kicks off a year of nonviolent, direct-action.

“We, the people united, have never been defeated,” said Barber. “Last year they had a chance to vote in the legislature. This year we will vote with our voices.”

The group says they will be the voices for the sick, the poor, women, children, and hardworking people who have been affected by extremist law-making.

“We answer to being the moral agents of our time,” said Barber as the crowd cheered loudly behind him.

The local chapter of the NAACP said Wilmington will be out in full-force at the march.

“If you are unemployed, if you didn’t get Medicaid, contact us. We really want you to come with us, no cost,” said Deborah Maxwell, local president.

We also asked Maxwell about the Wilmington Police K9 Officer accused of using too much force on a man in November, who is back on the job.

She said she had hoped the department would have done more to punish Officer Stafford Brister.

However, she applauds WPD for its efforts into looking more closely into the unit to make sure this does not happen again.

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  • Lola James

    I hope the WPD was not the only focus point. The issues are the poor, jobs and cuts made to hurt those who cannot help themselves. The focus was that on Feb. 8th we come together in unity and in peace to protest the injustices made by this legislative body. And did you not hear we would do the same under any other party. The point is we are not a group of people without purpose. We have goals, purpose and common sense to know this body is not representative of the people of North Carolina nor will they ever be with such hatred and disregard of the poor, elderly, children or women. And the Women of North Carolina stand firm “we ain’t gonna let nobody-Nobody turn us around”

  • Erlkoenig

    If you have drum up support you don’t have support.

  • Guest2020

    Of all the actual good they could be doing to build up their fellow black people, they prefer to focus on the things that only involve white people. They don’t seem to care that black people are killing off black people in Wilmington. They only care about their dead, if they are killed by a white person. It’s really a shame.

  • tke1

    Barber is being forced to go from city to city after being banned from all the all-you-can-eat buffets in previous protest cities. Mr. Buffet Buster is only trying to promote himself as a race baiter. He’ll never be another MLK. He’s got a long way to go to be another Jesse or Al, but he’s working on it.


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