MEDIA ADVISORY: The Truth & Hope Tour of Poverty in North Carolina kicks off on Thursday, January 19

WHAT: The Truth & Hope Tour of Poverty in North Carolina
WHEN: Thursday, January 19 – Friday, January 20
WHO: The North Carolina NAACP, NC Justice Center, and UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity
WHERE: Washington, Roper, Elizabeth City, Winton, Scotland Neck, Rocky Mount

RALEIGH (January 17, 2012) - On Thursday, January 19, the North Carolina NAACP, NC Justice Center, and UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity will kick off the first 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.

Departing from Raleigh on Jan. 19, a bus full of activists, reporters, foundation leaders, and scholars will travel through the northeast 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.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 19

9:30 a.m. – BEAUFORT COUNTY. Metropolitan AME Zion Church, 102 W. Martin Luther King Jr., Drive, Washington, NC
12:00 p.m. – WASHINGTON COUNTY. Roper, NC 27970
6:30 p.m. – PASQUOTANK COUNTY. Elizabeth City State University, K.E. White Graduate Center (Room 130), 1704 Weeksville Road, Elizabeth City, NC 27909

FRIDAY, JANUARY 20

8:30 a.m. – HERTFORD COUNTY. “Old” C.S. Brown High School, Cafeteria, 101 C.S. Brown Drive, Winton, NC 27986
1:00 p.m. – HALIFAX COUNTY. Brawley High School, E. 16th Street, Scotland Neck, NC 27874
4:30 p.m. – EDGECOMBE COUNTY. Rocky Mount OIC, Auditorium, 402 E. Virginia Street, Rocky Mount, NC 27801

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, NC NAACP, 919.394.8137; Mrs. Amina Turner, Executive Director, NC NAACP, 919-682-4700; Jeff Shaw, Director of Communications, NC Justice Center, 503.551.3615 (cell).