MEDIA ADVISORY: The Truth & Hope Tour of Poverty in North Carolina kicks off second leg on Friday, March 2

WHAT: The Truth & Hope Tour of Poverty in North Carolina
WHEN: Friday, March 2—Saturday, March 3
WHO: 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
WHERE: Greenville, Goldsboro, Sampson/Duplin Counties, Wilmington, Brunswick County, Robeson County, and Fayetteville

RALEIGH (February 29, 2012) - On Friday, March 2, 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 second leg of the “Truth and Hope Tour of Poverty in North Carolina,” a state-wide tour of rural counties and inner city neighborhoods where North Carolinians have struggled to find work, decent housing, transportation, and sufficient food for their families.

"Our second leg of the Tour of Truth and Hope will take activists, academics, media and economists to places of poverty in Southeast North Carolina," said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, NC NAACP President. "This problem of structural and systemic poverty is complex. It has many faces that we must dare to see if we're going to dream and have a hopeful vision to do better."

Departing from Raleigh on March 2, a bus full of activists, reporters, foundation leaders, students and scholars will travel through the southeast quadrant of the state, engaging 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 bus tour to engage in this crucial event.

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

FRIDAY, MARCH 2

7:00 a.m. – RALEIGH. Bus departs from First Baptist Church, 101 S. Wilmington St. Media welcome.
9:00 a.m. – PITT COUNTY. Lucille W. Gorham Intergenerational Community Center, 1100 Ward Street, Greenville 27834
11:45 a.m. – WAYNE COUNTY. Community Crisis Center, 607 S. Slocumb St., Goldsboro, 27530.
4:00 p.m. – DUPLIN/SAMPSON COUNTY. Juniper Community Center, 226 Juniper Road, Faison, 28341.

SATURDAY, MARCH 3

9:00 a.m. – NEW HANOVER COUNTY. Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 3701 Princess Place, Wilmington
10:50 a.m. – BRUNSWICK COUNTY. Site of 600 acres of intentionally contaminated land in Navassa. Call Jerry Jackson (631-806-9677) for on-site directions
11:45 a.m. -–  SUPPLY, NC. Royal Oak Community Site Visit. Call Jerry Jackson (631-806-9677) for on-site directions
1:30 p.m. – ROBESON COUNTY. Red Springs Community Building, 122 Cross St., Red Springs
5:00 p.m. – CUMBERLAND COUNTY. Walker-Spivey School's Recreation Center, 500 Fisher St., Fayetteville

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, NC NAACP, 919.394.8137; Atty. Jennifer Marsh, Acting Director, 919.682.4700; Rob Stephens, NAACP Office Manager, 336.577.9335; Jeff Shaw, Director of Communications, NC Justice Center, 503.551.3615 (cell).