WCU takes on the Moral March

The 2015 moral march on Raleigh. Photo from naacp.org.

Jackson County and WCU branches of NAACP will be traveling to Raleigh, Saturday morning, Feb. 11, to take a stand and march for justice on the 11th annual Moral March.

The Forward Together Moral Movement & HKonJ People’s Assembly Coalition march is part of a love and justice movement that fights for many social issues such as, public education, economic sustainability, workers’ rights and livable wages, health care, Medicaid expansion, environmental justice, equal protection under the law without regard to race, immigration status, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation, voting rights for all and criminal justice.

“I’ve been attending yearly since 2014. This year might break a record and could potentially be the largest such march in a Southern state since the march in Selma in 1965. It is in a march like this that one realizes that one is part of a broad movement practicing fusion politics that involves labor interest, environmental alliances, immigrant rights, criminal justice reform, healthcare advocacy, religious groups and women’s rights groups,” said Enrique Gomez, Jackson County NAACP president.

With the recent startup of WCU’s NAACP chapter, they are quite anxious to get out into the communities and start the conversation about social, educational and even political reform.

“I believe it’s my duty as a citizen to advocate for the rights that we are entitled to. This does not only include community based concerns but global as well,” said Tari Cox, graduate student.

After a hectic start to a presidential term NAACP is excited to see how they can help ease the minds of students on campus and they are hoping to bring back some knowledge from the march.