RALEIGH, N.C.(WNCT) – About a dozen participants from Pitt County gathered Saturday morning to make the drive up to Raleigh for the 10th annual march and rally led by NAACP.
The group of demonstrators left Greenville around 8:00 a.m. to attend the “Moral March on Raleigh.”
“One goal for today would be to let our people know that it’s time not to sit down, but to stand up and be heard. And that’s what we’re marching on Raleigh for today” said Calvin Henderson, President of the Pitt County NAACP.
Organizers of Saturday’s march plan to focus on get-out-the-vote efforts during an election year in which photo identification is required for the first time during next month’s primary.
The NAACP and others have sued to stop the voter ID requirement. The movement’s leaders have condemned this and other Republican policies pushed through state government this decade. Marchers may be buoyed by a federal court ruling last week that threw out two GOP-drawn congressional districts as illegal racial gerrymanders.
The march began in 2007 and routinely attracts thousands, with the largest crowd coming in 2014.