Protestors honor 50th Anniversary of MLK speech - WNCT

Raleigh protest against Legislature also honors "I Have a Dream" speech

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, along with Forward Together, held 13 simultaneous rallies at court houses all over the state to make sure their voices are heard in protest of the General Assembly.

The rallies come on the 50th anniversary of the "March on Washington" and Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

Peter Bolkmar and his wife said they attended the rally because they're angry about the recent laws passed through the General Assembly.

"The most recent foolishness is the whole voter ID attempting to restrict voters to vote," Peter Bolkmar said.

Rosa Eaton from Franklin County said the state is far from what King envision when he gave his "I Have a Dream" speech 50-years ago.

In reaction, Republican lawmakers said their actions in the latest session of the General Assembly were what is best for the state.

Rep. Nelson Dollar said, "I think this Legislature has done a number of historic things. We've made reforms in mental health, transportation systems, and our worker's compensation system." Dollar is a Republican representative for Wake County.

Dollar said the political climate has become very polarized, and that Republican lawmakers have already made strides in bipartisan legislation that has largely gone unrecognized.

"There's been a big party shift in this state. Republicans are now in charge," Dollar said. 'Democrats were in charge for 140 years and some people don't like losing power."

The NAACP and Forward Together protestors say they will continue to rally until the next elections. 

Eileen Park

Eileen joined WNCN after years of working as a foreign correspondent. During her time off, she enjoys relaxing with her dogs, reading, and exploring the Triangle. More>>

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