'Moral Monday' held in Moore County


The NAACP took its message to lawmakers in Raleigh on the road, getting the word out across the state.

Chris and Katherine Stevenson were among the hundreds of protesters arrested at the state legislature this past summer. Now, they wear their arrest buttons almost like a badge of honor.

"What's happened in our legislature now is not going to solve the problems," said Katherine.

"I didn't have any choice," said Chris. "It's the only way for a citizen to protest."

Monday, the Moore County couple was among those at a Moral Monday rally in Southern Pines' Downtown Park. They are angry with what they call the GOP's extreme agenda on voting rights, education and other issues.

"I think it is important to send a message to the folks in the legislature that people are concerned and people do care," said Moore County resident Janet Curie.

The NAACP sponsored the Moore County rally. State NAACP Pres. Dr. William Barber told the crowd the movement was gaining momentum across the state.

"Now I tell you it won't be an easy fight, but there is going to be a fight," said Barber. "This is the day that we say to the power drunk legislators that justice will prevail over trickery, and at best your power is temporary."

While the speeches sounded partisan, the crowd wasn't in a heavily Republican County. NAACP officials say some GOP members have joined the movement and voiced their support saying the state's problems transcend partisan politics

"We don't look at it if they are Republican or Democrat," said O'Linda Gillis, with the NAACP. "We look for the people who want to mobilize and get the issues that are equality, and justice for everyone."

Barber says the movement isn't slowing down. A youth rally is planned for next Monday.

Barber says the Moral Monday protests head back to Raleigh as soon as state legislators do.

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