AFGE President J. David Cox Sr. on Wednesday joined Rev. William Barber, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and hundreds of activists in a rally at the North Carolina General Assembly to end voter suppression.
The voting rights rally was part of America’s Journey for Justice, which is marching through North Carolina from August 29 to September 7.
“I was born and raised in North Carolina. I’ve spent my life fighting for the right to vote. I believe in the right to vote, and the right to vote belongs to everybody,” Cox said to the cheering crowd who started the rally with a march from Shaw University. “I’m here. I will be here every time in North Carolina to fight because “Forward together, not one step back!”
Besides the rally, there are several events throughout the 10-day journey, including Youth and Cultural Artist Teach-in, Voting Rights Teach-in, and Labor Day in D.C.
The North Carolina events are part of NAACP’s campaign America’s Journey for Justice in five states – Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia – and Washington, D.C.