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Volume41,Number44 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C THURSDAY, July 16,2015
VOTING RIGHTS TRIAL
THIS IS OUR SEIHIAI'
Photos by Tevin Stinson
Over 3 ?00 people from across the state and nation gathered in Winston-Salem on July 13 for the Mass Moral Monday March for Voting Rights. The march began
at the Corpening Plaza and made its way to the federal courthouse, where marchers were joined by more protesters.
Historic Moral Monday
march and rally draw
thousands to Winston-Salem
BY TORI PITTMAN
AND TEVIN ST1NSON FOR
THE CHRONICLE J.
On Monday, July 13, thousands of people came
together at the Corpening Plaza on West First Street in
Winston-Salem to participate in the Mass Moral Monday
March for Voting Rights, as part of the Moral Monday
movement. People, in-state and out-of-state, came to wit
ness what has been chanted throughout the crowd: 'This is
The phrase refers to the moments in history before the
Voting Rights Act was signed into law on Aug. 6, 1965.
This is a reference to the marches from Selma to
Montgomery in Alabama, including on Bloody Sunday,
that helped change votes in Congress from "no" to "yes"
votes for the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Estimates of the number of participants range from
3,500, according to the Winston-Salem Police
Department, to more than 6,000, according to the N.C.
NAACP, which is spearheading the Moral Monday
The march and rally coincided with the start of the his
toric voting rights trial N.C. NAACP v. McCrory in the
federal courthouse in Winston-Salem. The plaintiffs say
See March on A2
Bruce Goodech, holds a sign to express his views
toward voter fraud and voter suppression laws in
N.C. voting law case is
being heard in federal court
Several lawsuits have been united
into one; trial will last weeks
BY TODD LUCK
THE CHRONICLE .
North Carolina's controversial changes to voting laws
are currently having their day in court.
The trial in the legal case N.C. NAACP v. McCrory is
currently being heard in federal court in Winston-Salem,
challenging what plaintiffs say are restrictions that disen
franchise black and Latino voters on the basis of race and
violate the right to vote under the 14th and 15th amend
ments to the U.S. Constitution. The trial began on
Monday, July 13, with opening arguments.
Three lawsuits were consolidated into N.C. NAACP v.
McCrory as the lead case in the trial.
Penda Hair, a lawyer with the Advancement Project,
representing the N.C. NAACP, used what has become the
N.C. NAACP's mantra regarding the trial.
"This is our Selma." she said, referring to a historic
march against discriminatory voting practices during the
Civil Rights Movement.
Attorneys representing the state said the law was far
from discriminatory, arguing that African- American
turnout in the state actually increased in 2014.
The NAACP has nearly a hundred witnesses it could
call on, including lawmakers, experts and regular voters
See Case on A2
Voting rights teach-in a part of Monday events
BY NIKKI BALDWIN
FOR THE CHRONICLE
On Monday, July 13, the Voting Rights Teach
in that is linked to the Moral Monday support of
the plaintiffs in N.C. NAACP v. McCrory consist
ed of sessions on various topics, detailed informa
tion on the law, as well as powerful stories from
*he speakers' own experiences on inequality and
The trial in the voting rights case is expected to
last several weeks.
The teach-in started at 10 a.m. at the Goler
Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in downtown
Winston-Salem with a packed crowd. The teach
in begun with the singing of the "Forward
Together, Not One Step Back" song in which the
members from the crowd joined in singing along.
From there, the song "Hold On, Keep Your Eyes
on the Prize" was the next song that the crowd
joined along in singing. The moderator for the
teach-in session "Voting Rights: a Moral
Imperative" was Daphne Holmes-Johnson.
Holmes-Johnson is an executive member of
the N.C. NAACP and a N.C. civil rights activist in
her own right. Holmes-Johnson helped issue in the
other speakers that were apart of the session, while
still expressing her own thoughts about injustice
and standing up for one's own rights.
Holmes-Johnson, when talking to the crowd,
said we all need inspiration and prayer. Holmes
Johnson also discussed growing up around
activists such as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr. and her father, who marched and fought for the
See Events on A7
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