NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – Residents in Craven County gathered Saturday at a local church for the Moral March to the Polls tour.
Dozens of people of all races were packed inside the Ebenezer Presbyterian church in New Bern to talk about things like voter suppression and how getting to polls will break barriers.
Their goal is to make a difference in this year’s election.
Local NAACP branches as well other local organizations lead the discussion of the importance of voting and encouraged everyone to be registered.
North Carolina’s NAACP President, Reverend Dr. William Barber, spoke on the strides made in history to end voter suppression in the court systems.
“This is the first time in history since 1965 we’ll have a presidential gubernatorial election without the protection of the voting rights act,” said Dr. Barber
He said that this year’s election is bigger than demographics.
“Not what is the democratic agenda or republican agenda but what’s the moral agenda. On health care, and on living wages, and on public education, and on environmental protection, and criminal justice reform, and equal protection under the law,” Dr. Barber added.
Dr. Barber said everyone holds power when it comes to electing state and local officials, “We’re electing not only a president, but all the way down the ballot.”