- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The chief leader behind recent nonviolent protests at the North Carolina General Assembly says similar demonstrations could be coming to the halls of Congress to press for restoring portions of the Voting Rights Act.

State NAACP President the Rev. William Barber spoke Tuesday at the Legislative Building about a march called America’s Journey for Justice that began Aug. 1 in Selma, Alabama. Barber says it will reach North Carolina on Aug. 29 on the way to Virginia and ultimately Washington, D.C.

“Moral Monday” protests in Raleigh have included more than 1,000 arrests. Barber says clergy members nationwide are talking about whether to perform similar actions on Capitol Hill.

Marchers want updated Voting Rights Act sections that in part demanded states with voting discrimination histories to get federal approval on election changes.


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