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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