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Poor People's Campaign leader hosts Waxhaw town hall meeting
William Barber convenes MLK Day forum
Published Monday, January 15, 2018
by Herbert L. White

The Poor People’s Campaign’s is convening a town hall meeting in Waxhaw.

The forum Monday at 7 p.m. at Marvin AME Zion Church, 1525 Crane Road to mark Martin Luther King Day. King was to have convened a Poor People’s March on Washington in 1968 but was assassinated before the rally.

The initiative's leader, the Rev. William Barber, stepped down as president of the North Carolina NAACP last year to lead the 50th anniversary Poor People’s Campaign. He is leader of Repairers of the Breach, a national advocate for morality in civil rights and economic equality and founder of Moral Monday, a series of protests at the state capital in Raleigh that grew into a national movement against conservative policy on racial, economic and environmental issues.

Forum members will talk about issues of poverty, systemic racism, ecology, and mass incarceration.

Last month, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call to a Moral Revival was announced at Howard University in Washington to deliver demands to state and federal governments. The initiative has exceeded its goal of recruiting 1,000 participants from 25 states to engage in 40 days of civil disobedience. Volunteers from 34 states have signed up.

“Our long term goals are to end poverty, systemic racism, ecological devastation, the war economy, and mass incarceration,” said Jade X. Jackson, tri-chair of the North Carolina campaign’s coordinating committee.

Previous mass meetings have been held in Charlotte and Boone with forums planned around the state starting in Union and Watauga counties on Jan. 15.

This article corrects an earlier version that erroneously reported Rev. William Barber attendance at the forum.


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