Civil rights leaders mark 5 years of “Moral Monday” movement


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) – Each year the friends of the Forward Together Moral Movement and the state’s chapter of the NAACP continue to fight for the voiceless while making history.

Civil rights leaders wanted to commemorate that fight on a special anniversary of the Moral March.

It started five years ago in front of the North Carolina General Assembly. 

17 North Carolinians joined forces to fight for equality and it’s the same fight their fighting for today, and a movement which ignited history in North Carolina.

For the Forward Together Moral Movement and the NAACP, this is the side of history to be on.

For five years, speakers across the state have come to the Halifax Park to promote peace and strategize for the future.

It’s a fight Reverend Dr. Anthony Spearman said can’t go unnoticed.

“We have to keep on fighting, it seems that every generation has to continue to hold up the fight to be able to make sure that justice rolls down like waters,” said Rev. Spearman. “I’m ashamed and applaud that time to say that some of the same things that we’re fighting for today are the same things that my father fought for, some fifty years ago.”

On April 29, 2013, dozens of trailblazers like Reverend Nelson Johnson were arrested which made history and ignited this movement.

Rev Johnson said, “If we have to go to jail again, we’ll do it cause the life of our brothers and sisters and indeed our own life is more important than the momentary comforts, we may have from standing apart from the struggle.”

Togetherness is what Johnson said will help the next generation to come.

“When we diminish the life of anyone, we might not be aware of it, but we are diminishing our own life,” said Johnson. “It’s about the future of this nation.”

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