NC NAACP Chief Says 2012 Tour To Focus On Poverty

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.


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  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Oct 17, 2011 at 11:55 AM
    I'm sure he will only spotlight Section 8 neighborhoods. My intuition tells me that the Rev. William Barber has illusions of grandeur, and thinks he is 'campaigning' to be another Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, or even president of the USA...betcha.
  • by maybe on Oct 16, 2011 at 07:20 PM
    all of you people saying 'go get a job' are forgetting that jobs are getting harder and harder to come by. the NCAAP is for the 'advancement of colored people', so who would be surprised that this would be something in which they sought help for black people? im not surprised or appalled that someone is seeking help for black people who are impoverished. i just think, hey its almost 2012 and people are still milking the race issue as something that divides us? we are all people! if i can help someone, black or white or brown or whatever, i want to help them! it makes no difference that i am white. i know plenty of black people-and people of different cultural backgrounds than myself who feel the same way. why dont we focus on the issue as a community rather as a 'these people and those people' type issue. on the one hand, i hate that people see poverty as a problem handed to black people by white people. things are different today, and there are many opportunities--you simply have to seek them. and on the other hand im tired of white people thinking that people who experience poverty do so because they dont work, sit on the porch and drink all day. yes im sure that people who do this will be poor, but people of all races do this. and most people are poor because they are single parents trying to provide for their families on lower paying jobs because they had children at an age that prevented further schooling. again, this is across the population, not just black people.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Oct 17, 2011 at 11:58 AM in reply to maybe
      Mr. Barber only focuses on black Americans, and that is racist. Of course, it's his choice, but don't try to give me a pep talk that he means to help other races too. Many of your other points are correct, that poverty affects every part of the population today. But I really haven't seen him address any other races.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 16, 2011 at 05:59 PM
    How about he focus on getting people out and earning a honest living. Now there is a concept!!!!
  • by Allstatebear on Oct 16, 2011 at 05:46 PM
    I wish WITN could add a "like" button to this discussion board, there are some good comments
  • by Allstatebear Location: Gvegas on Oct 16, 2011 at 05:43 PM
    I hope he is aware that no matter the race, poverty does not discriminate.......
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Oct 17, 2011 at 11:51 AM in reply to Allstatebear
      My thoughts exactly...
  • by pete Location: grifton on Oct 16, 2011 at 05:31 PM
    If you want(can)preach anything but racial hate there are alot of black youth in gang's(get them in church and let them hear the word of GOD)
  • by Tom Location: ENC on Oct 16, 2011 at 05:11 PM
    What does he know about poverty?How many meals have he missed? Would love to look at his bank account.Takes a big car to haul him around in.
  • by Wharf Rat Location: Manteo on Oct 16, 2011 at 05:06 PM
    If he wants to do something with a "face", he should keep his out of a free feed trough.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 16, 2011 at 04:47 PM
    he should focus on not being a racist
  • by Poor,Poor, Pitiful Me on Oct 16, 2011 at 04:10 PM
    As long as all you want to do is roach off the system, you will always live in poverty.The people that I know who have prospered in life have got out and helped themselves. They did not sit on their butts waiting for a hand out!
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