The president of North Carolina's NAACP chapter says the civil-rights organization will launch a statewide effort next year to put faces on the worsening poverty problem.
The Winston-Salem Journal reported Saturday that the Rev. William Barber said at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People annual conference in High Point the tour will kick off on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is Jan. 16.
Barber says the "Faces of Poverty" tour is intended to make helping the state's neediest people part of the political agenda.
The poverty tour will begin in eastern North Carolina and move across the state spotlighting poor neighborhoods.
The NAACP is coordinating the tour with the UNC Center for Poverty, Work & Opportunity and the North Carolina Justice Center, an anti-poverty organization.