NC NAACP, Democracy NC unveil mass voter registration campaign

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The North Carolina NAACP and Democracy North Carolina joined with faith leaders at a news conference Tuesday in Raleigh to lay out their plan for a mass voter engagement campaign.

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The groups unveiled their “It’s Our Time, It’s Our Vote” campaign on the 60th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ refusal to move her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus.

It was Dec. 1, 1955, that Parks, a black seamstress, was arrested after refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery city bus. The incident sparked a yearlong boycott of the buses by blacks.

“We’ve gone to jail together, gone to the streets together and we will go to the ballot box together,” said N.C. NAACP President Rev. Dr. William Barber.

The campaign will focus on registering voters for 80 days leading up to the spring primary election in North Carolina.

Bob Hall, executive director of Democracy N.C. said people “must vote…you must show your resistance to any effort to make voting harder.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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