Hosts NC Legislative Black Caucus Press Conference
March 27, 2014 – The North Carolina
Legislative Black Caucus (NCLBC) held a press conference on Shaw’s campus to
announce a series of Poverty Symposiums and Town Hall Meetings.
marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the War on Poverty. The poverty
gap continues to widen and we thought this would be a good time to refocus our
attention on the thousands of North Carolinians who are the working poor,” said
Representative Garland Pierce, Chairman, NCLBC. We will launch a series of Town
Hall meetings with several community partners to advance the message of the
poverty gap and educate them on why it is getting wider and what we can do
collectively to close that gap,” said Pierce.
to an article published in the Raleigh News & Observer by Gene Nichol, the
poverty gap continues to widen, “North Carolina has eighteen percent, 1.7
million living in poverty. Twenty percent have no health care coverage. We have
the 12-highest poverty rate in the country – though only a decade ago we were
26th. The top one-fifth of our households capture more income than the bottom
80 percent put together. Over a half-million of our households, participate in
the food stamp program. In Robeson County, that included 33 percent of
families, the third-highest figure in the nation in counties over 65,000.”
Carolina citizens have been working in their communities and have similar ideas
about how you solve poverty. They want
to connect education and economic opportunities, to close poverty gaps at the
community level," said Senator Earline Parmon, Vice Chair, NCLBC.
Town Hall Meeting was held on Thursday, April 3 in Durham at St Joseph’s AME
Church, 2521 Fayetteville St, Durham, NC from 10:30am-1pm.
is being hosted in Winston-Salem by The Renaissance Men of Winston-Salem State
University and Delta Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. on
Friday, April 4 from 1-3pm at Dillard Auditorium in the Anderson Center on the
Campus of Winston-Salem, State University. “April 4 has the significance of
being the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assignation during his visit
to Memphis, Tennessee in support of striking Sanitation workers,” said Pierce.