HKonJ URGENT MEDIA ADVISORY

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 12 February 2010

Contact: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, President, 919-394-8137, naacpbarber@gmail.com
Mrs. Amina Turner, Executive Director. 919-682-4700, execdirnaacpnc@gmail.com
Mrs. Debra Tyler-Horton, HK on J Coordinator, 919-856-2169, debra@ncjustice.org
 

HISTORIC THOUSANDS ON JONES STREET PEOPLE'S ASSEMBLY RESCHEDULED TO SATURDAY, FEB 27TH

BUT NATIONAL NAACP PRES. BEN JEALOUS AND N.C. PRESIDENT REV. DR. WILLIAM J. BARBER, II WILL MEET WITH THE MEDIA ON SATURDAY MORNING FEBRUARY 13TH AT 10:45 AM AT SHAW UNIVERSITY'S ESTEY HALL FOR OUR CHILDREN: WE MUST SAY NEVER AGAIN TO RESEGREGATION WE DEMAND MORE EDUCATION, BETTER, DIVERSE SCHOOLS, MORE ECONOMIC INVESTMENT, GOOD JOBS AND LESS PRISON WE WANT JUSTICE ON THE GROUND!

(Durham, NC) National NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous and N.C. NAACP President William J. Barber will conduct a statewide press conference in Estey Hall on the campus of Shaw University on Saturday, February 13 at 10:45am following their meeting with representatives of the Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HK on J) Coalition and area NAACP adult and youth presidents.

HKon J Coalition leaders held a 45-minute conference call today for thoughtful assessment of the weather conditions predicted for southern North Carolina tomorrow morning. The new date for HK on J will be Saturday, February 27 using the same schedule. Rev. Barber said, “We considered the strong momentum and excitement across the State for tomorrow's Assembly. There are more buses rented, more car pools organized, and more young people mobilizing than ever before. The right wing's attack on diverse schools, their obstructionist tactics towards a good jobs program, and their impediments to economic investment in the most vulnerable communities has aroused people of good will across the state. But we also considered our elders, our children, our people with special needs, the threat of icy roads in the morning, and the people driving from Wilmington and other southern areas where snow is predicted. After a thoughtful discussion, we decided to postpone HKon J for two weeks, so all our people can come safely. We will use the two weeks to fill more buses, and build the momentum of the HK on J movement here and across the South. We encourage all North Carolinians to save the date and join us in Raleigh then.”

Presidents Jealous and Barber will meet with the HKonJ coalition leaders and then hold a news conference at 10:45 tomorrow morning, February 13th, at Shaw, the site of SNCC's 50th Anniversary in mid-April of this year. Jealous is fresh from a meeting with President Obama at the White House this week, where they discussed the depression-sized unemployment rates for minorities, in relation to Obama's proposed Jobs Program. Barber will update the media about the heated struggle against resegregating the public schools in North Carolina, in Wake, Wayne, Wilmington, and Charlotte and a call to the Governor to convene a NC Jobs Summit.

“HK on J” is the annual March and People’s Assembly that is held on the second weekend in February in commemoration of the founding of the NAACP. Thousands gather in Raleigh to present the Coalition's 14-point Agenda in front of the NC Legislative Building on Jones Street. Organizers include the State NAACP, and the HK on J Coalition Partners which consists of more than 85 social justice and civil rights organizations throughout the state.

For more information:   www.hkonj.com

www.naacpnc.org

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