"Truth and Hope Tour of Poverty in North Carolina" Moves Through ENC

A bus full of civil rights activists, foundation leaders and scholars pulled into Washington Thursday morning to kick off the first leg of a state-wide tour focusing on poverty.

It's called the "Truth and Hope Tour of Poverty in North Carolina". Members of the state NAACP and other organizations are traveling to six counties in the east hit hardest by poverty.

The first stop was in Beaufort County at the Metropolitan AME Zion Church in Washington. Leaders gathered to listen to community members facing poverty, and are hopeful putting a face on the problem will bring about change.

The bus also stopped in Washington and Pasquotank counties and will continue on to Hertford, Halifax and Edgecombe counties Friday.

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  • by Hopeless on Jan 29, 2012 at 05:08 PM
    The problem comes down to making choices. You make good ones and bad ones. If you have a stable family raising you they will teach you how to make good choices. If there is no role model in the home you are doomed! No matter how much money is thrown at this problem it still comes down to teaching your children values and making good choices.
  • by Johnny Blaze on Jan 27, 2012 at 04:21 PM
    You want poverty, depression, and racism please visit Hyde County. It's apauling how people from ethinic groups other than white are treated and talked about.
  • by Ben Location: Kinston on Jan 20, 2012 at 06:08 AM
    As long as up to eighty percent of minority children are born out of wedlock and less than sixty percent of those children graduate from high school in many areas, poverty will continue to be a fact of life for these citizens. I suspect the touring group will end up blaming "white suppression" for the lack of opportunities and the root cause of these living conditions instead of facing reality. The majority of these problems are caused by lifestyle choices made by women who have no other ambition but to live off the government dole and breed more children in order to improve their benefits. It is a lifestyle that repeats itself generation after generation and if you want to blame anyone for this problem, blame the government for giving people a free ride at the expense of taxpayers. Citizens, black or white, who game the system are not vitims. Their situations are self-imposed.
  • by Ed Location: Williamston on Jan 20, 2012 at 04:07 AM
    Quit blaming others for your problems and get off of yours arses and go to work. No amount of freebies is going to improve your life, only hard work and dedication on your part is going to help you.
  • by It already is here on Jan 19, 2012 at 10:04 PM
    Poverty and welfare has been on the rise every since the anointed on stepped into office.
  • by l on Jan 19, 2012 at 08:24 PM
    I hope it work for you
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Jan 19, 2012 at 08:16 PM
    It's good to know that you've managed to stay out of poverty, but the people touring the state on a bus have managed to stay out of poverty also. The impoverished don't have to ride around the state to see poverty; they live in it everyday. So, while your statement seems a little witty and perhaps insightful, it does not apply to the context of this story.
  • by Try Working for a living on Jan 19, 2012 at 07:03 PM
    I have managed to stay out of poverty by focusing on work, instead of touring the state on a bus!

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