Thousands march in Raleigh for HK on J

Hundreds marched through downtown Raleigh on Saturday as part of a movement to get NC lawmakers attention.

February 28, 2010 1:14:31 PM PST
Organizers call it the first multi-racial coalition of its kind since the 1960s. Thousands filled the streets of downtown Raleigh on Saturday for the annual "HK on J," or, "Historic Thousands on Jones Street" march.

It was a demonstration delayed by bad weather two weeks ago, but it brought plenty of heat to the Capital City.

"We're gonna keep on walking, keep on talking, marching up to freedom land," many from the crowd sang.

"Members of the General Assembly, wherever you are, members of Congress, wherever you are, and wannabes, those who are campaigning...we're back," exclaimed Michelle Laws of the Chapel Hill NAACP.

The many people who gathered for the march want the attention of state legislators, due back in Raleigh for their short session in May.

Others want health care reform. And many support NAACP state president Rev. William Barber and his fight against neighborhood schools.

"That we don't have educational apartheid," explained Barber. "That we don't have resegregated schools which we know is the enemy of educational excellence."

And organizers made it clear - their efforts would not end with the march.

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