Tuesday, June 11, 2013

NC NAACP and HKonJ Coalition to Honor Freedom Fighters of the Civil, Human and Labor Rights Movements During "Wednesday Witness"


11 June 2013

For More Information:            Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, 919-394-8137

                                                Mrs. Amina J. Turner, Executive Director, 919-682-4700

For Media Assistance:             Rob Stephens, Field Secretary, 336-577-9335


RALEIGH - Members of the North Carolina NAACP and partner organizations in the 147-member Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) People's Assembly Coalition will honor martyrs and others who served the civil, human and labor rights movements and dedicated their lives to gain many of the freedoms that exist today during "Wednesday Witness." Wednesday, June 12, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the brutal assassination of NAACP Field Secretary Medgar Evers, who was murdered at his home in Jackson, MS for simply registering African-Americans to vote.

            Participants will begin the day by holding a news conference at 12:00 noon, Wednesday, June 12, 2013 out front of the NC General Assembly, 16 W. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC.

            "It is a tragedy that the leadership of the NC General Assembly and the Governor are trampling on the graves of martyrs and freedom fighters of the civil, human and labor rights movements who have now passed away," said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President of the NC NAACP. "Those heroes would certainly cry with shame in the face of the extreme and devastating legislation being passed and pursued in North Carolina today."

            The NC NAACP and HKonJ partners will also announce the Forward Together Voter Registration Campaign, which will run from the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Medgar Evers through the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. 


Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.


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