2020 HKONJ Moral March/Rally Theme: When we vote, we win!

Rev. Barber and Rev. Spearman
Rev. Barber and Rev. Spearman

By Cash Michaels

Cash Michaels
Cash Michaels

With 2020 being a crucial election year, it should be no surprise to anyone that the theme for this Saturday’s annual HK on J Moral March/Rally, sponsored by the NC NAACP, Repairers of the Breach, and their coalition partners, is “When we Vote…We Win: Save Our Democracy.”

HK on J (the Historic Thousands on Jones Street) is made up of more than 125 North Carolina NAACP branches, youth councils and college chapters from across the state, and members of over 200 other social justice organizations.

Few social justice organizations have fought to protect the right to vote in North Carolina harder than the NC NAACP, previously led by Rev. Dr. William Barber, and now Pres. Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman.

“If they marched then,” says Rev. Barber about the courageous demonstrators who were beaten and attacked by Alabama state police during the 1965 Montgomery to Selma march, “…if they fought then, if they pushed the nation forward then, we must resist the nation going backwards now.”

“When this moral fusion coalition comes together, it breaks many kinds of bread,” says Rev. Dr. Spearman. “What matters most is that we break bread together, because the bread we share strengthens the arms that beat the drum of resistance, and that pushes the rock of reconstruction.”

With the Iowa caucuses taking place on Monday, and the North Carolina primaries coming on Tuesday, March 3rd as part of Super Tuesday…all of it looking forward to the Nov. 6th fall general elections, there is no more important time for the NCNAACP and others to push voter registration and voter empowerment, especially when it comes to addressing issues like poverty, affordable housing, health care, and education.

The HK on J Mass Moral March on Raleigh and People’s Assembly is scheduled for this Saturday, Feb. 8th. Gathering in front of Shaw University (corner of Wilmington and South streets begins at 8:30 a.m., pre-rally starts at 9 a.m. there. The march begins at 10am followed by the rally and People’s Assembly.

For more information, visit hkonj.com or naacpnc.org.