MEDIA ADVISORY: The Truth & Hope Tour of Poverty in North Carolina kicks off its Triangle-area leg TODAY Friday, July 20

RALEIGH (July 20, 2012) — Today the North Carolina NAACP, NC Justice Center, UNC Center on Poverty, Work  and Opportunity, Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change at  North Carolina Central University, and AARP of NC will kick off the Triangle-area leg of the “Truth and Hope Tour of Poverty in North Carolina,” a  state-wide tour of rural counties and inner city neighborhoods in which North Carolinians have struggled to find work, decent housing, transportation, and sufficient food for their families.

"This next leg of the Tour of Truth and Hope will take activists, academics, media and economists to places of poverty in North Carolina's most prosperous region," said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, NC NAACP President. "This problem of structural and systemic poverty is pervasive -- even in communities of great wealth. It has many faces that we must continue to hold up to the light of day if we're going to have a hopeful vision to do better."

Tour participants, which will include activists, reporters, foundation leaders, students and scholars, will gather in several locations throughout the Triangle to engage in town hall meetings, sessions with local leaders, and tours of neighborhoods directly affected by poverty. Members of the press are encouraged to attend events and join the Tour to engage in this crucial event.

Watch a trailer for the tour here and see footage from the first leg of the tour.

SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY, JULY 20

7:30 a.m. – RALEIGH - Hallelujah Soup Kitchen 1904 S. Wilmington St. Media welcome - a press conference wil take place at 8:30.  
9:00 a.m. – RALEIGH - Raleigh Rescue Mission, 304 E. Hargett St. 
11:00 a.m. – DURHAM - City of Joy, Lakewood Shopping Center, 2000 Chapel Hill Rd. Walking/driving tours of the West End neighborhood will follow.
1:00 p.m. DURHAM - County Library Main Branch, 300 N. Roxboro St. Walking/driving tours of Queen and Canal Streets and public housing facilities will follow.

3:15 p.m. – CHAPEL HILL - Faith Tabernacle Church, 8005 Rogers Rd. A walking/driving tour of Rogers Rd. and RENA House at 1704 Purefoy Drive will follow 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Rev. Dr. William J.  Barber, II, President, NC NAACP, 919.394.8137;  Jennifer Marsh, NAACP, 919.682.4700; Tazra Mitchell, NC Justice Center, 919.861.1451 or 336.601-7077 (cell).