Area NAACP continues fight for MLK's dream - WECT, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

Area NAACP continues fight for MLK's dream

(Source: NBC, Thousands of people March on Washington) (Source: NBC, Thousands of people March on Washington)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC - (WECT) - Leaders of the New Hanover Chapter of the NAACP say there is still more work to be done, before Martin Luther King Jr,'s dream is accomplished.

"It' not as accomplished as we thought it would be," said NAACP President, Deborah Dicks Maxwell. "I don't think [Martin Luther King Jr.] would be happy to see the state this country has gone to, one of his quotes was 'We must live together as brothers or parish as fools,' and right now this country is not coming together.  We are letting ideology separate us when we should come together."

She marched with tens and thousands of others in the nation's capitol on Saturday, retracing the steps people took fifty years ago who Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his 'I Have A Dream' speech.  She said the march was bittersweet, because there is still more work to be done.

"Fifty years ago we thought we had almost finished the fight, but yet the dream continues," explained Maxwell. She says several civil rights issues continue to plague the country and North Carolina. One issue she says she will be working to advocate for here for is voting rights.

"We will do like Doctor King said, 'to go back home to Georgia, to Mississippi," and we are coming back home to North Carolina to educate and rally the people to ask their senators congressman and representatives to do what is right for all the people in North Carolina and not just a select few," explained Maxwell.

Thirteen 'Take the Dream Home' rallies will be taking place at the same time, 5:30 p.m., in each of the 13 Congressional Districts of North Carolina on August 28.  Those at the rally will be raising awareness and pushing to have Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act renewed.

Wilmington's rally will take place at Innis Park at 3rd and Princess street.

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