- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The head of the NAACP says protecting the right to vote is worth marching hundreds of miles through North Carolina and other Southern states on the way to Washington, D.C.

National NAACP President Cornell Brooks spoke Thursday at a downtown Raleigh rally attended by hundreds of demonstrators. Some have been walking North Carolina portions of what’s called “America’s Journey for Justice.”

The march began in Selma, Alabama, and ends in mid-September with lobbying on Capitol Hill to get restored portions of the federal Voting Rights Act struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Brooks praised efforts of the North Carolina NAACP and its “Moral Monday” movement to oppose Republican policies at the General Assembly. State chapter president the Rev. William Barber also spoke, criticizing what he called voter suppression efforts.

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