Edited by Azizi Powell
This post showcases two video promos for the North Carolina Forward Together Moral Movement Promos February 14, 2015 march in Raleigh, North Carolina.
My transcriptions of these videos are also included in this post. Additions and corrections are welcome.
Other posts about Moral Monday can be found on pancocojams. Click the Moral Monday tag below to find those posts. Information and videos of the 2/14/2015 march will be added as an Addendum to this post.
The content of this post is presented for cultural, historical, political reasons.
Thanks to all the leaders and participants in this movement. Thanks also to the publishers of these videos on YouTube.
Example #1: MARCH FOR LOVE AND JUSTICE
"Let's March!" | 2015 March for Love & Justice Promo
NC Forward Together Moral Movement Channel, Published on Jan 19, 2015
January 19th, 2015 - In the spirt of Dr. Martin Luther King and the march from Selma to Montgomery, the Forward Together Moral Movement prepares for the 2015 March for Love and Justice in Raleigh, North Carolina on February 14th, 2015.
Flim clip of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:
“Let us march on ballot boxes. For this is the way we are gonna straighten up the South and the nation.
Let us march on ballot boxes, until 'brotherhood' is more than a meaningless word at the end of prayer, but the first order of business on every legislative agenda.
Let us march on ballot boxes."(Hand claps and voices of agreement are heard.)
Clip of Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II speaking:
"All elections have consequences. It’s up to the people in the states across this country to hold these elected leaders accountable.
Your work is not over. The people don’t go away after the election.
Politicians don’t get the right to just do whatever they want to just because they got elected.
Because even if you’re elected, it does not give you the authority to run roughshod over our constitution and the deepest moral value. And we will always plant our feet in those constitutional values. And plant our feet in those deep spiritual and religious values. And we will never retreat on those.
That is our role. We have shown what is possible to do in North Carolina.
We have only just begun.
We have NO intentions of letting up. We..will..work..together. Because there is much needless suffering that can be if we maintain and stay strong in an independent, moral movement that holds all political forces accountable.
Film clip of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:
“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” (Voices of agreement are heard.).
Example #2: From Selma to Raleigh | 2015 Moral March Promo
NC Forward Together Moral Movement Channel, Published on Feb 12, 2015
Just as people flocked to Selma in 1965 to fight for Love and Justice, the same is happening in 2015 as people flock to North Carolina for the Moral March on Raleigh.
NC Forward Together Moral Movement Channel
[Speaker - Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II
President, North Carolina NAACP]*
"On a bridge in Selma, Alabama Black and White, and Catholic, and Christian, and Jewish people decided to take on Jim Crow in one of its most vicious forms- that was the denial of voting rights. They were beaten and beaten until they were beaten back. But they were not beaten down. Instead of the blood causing them to run, their blood inspired other people to run beside them. They marched and marched. and, by the summer, Congress was voting on a voting rights act.
If they marched then, if they fought then, if they pushed the nation forward then, we must resist the nation going backwards now.
And the reason I say that is because, my friends, everything they won on that bridge is under attack. (That’s right!”, “Yes!” and other voices of agreement are heard.)
Right here we’re getting ready to march again, and protest again, and litigate again, and raise our dissent again on Saint Valentine’s Day. When we remember the love that is always at the heart of justice our fusion coalition will gather in Raleigh for another mass moral march and people’s assembly. Our agenda is clear. Our partner organizations are more committed than ever (Hand clapping begins and continues until the end of this segment.) And we’re coming back to Raleigh in the dead of winter to say that we will still be here.
(Voices of agreement are heard throughout this segment.)
We are Black.
We are White.
We are Latino.
We are Native American.
We are Democrats.
We are Republicans.
We are Independents.
We are people of faith.
We are not of faith.
We are natives and immigrants.
We are business leaders and workers and unemployed.
We are doctors and the uninsured.
We are gay.
We are straight.
We are students.
We are parents.
We are retirees.
We are North Carolina
And we ain’t goin no where.
* The speaker isn't identified in this video. However, another Moral Monday movement video shows Rev. Barber,II giving a portion of this speech. The North Carolina NAACP is a key architect for the Moral Monday movement (Forward Together Moral movement).
The sound changes in this speech three or four times suggests that it may be a compilation of a number of Rev. Dr. Barber, II's speeches. I've referred to some of what I think are different speeches as "segments" of this speech.
Here's a link to a dailykos.com photo-article about the 2/15/2015 North Carolina Forward Together Moral Movement march: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/15/1364475/-Fusion-Power-Throngs-march-on-North-Carolina-s-capitol-for-justice-equality-and-sustainability.
That blogger estimates that about 12,000 people participated in that march.
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