Groups to announce voter engagement campaign in NC

low voter turnoutProgressive groups are announcing a plan for a voter engagement campaign on the 60th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.

The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP and Democracy North Carolina will hold a news conference about the campaign on Tuesday at Martin Street Baptist Church in Raleigh.

Leaders of various religions also will participate in the news conference.

It was on Dec. 1, 1955, that Parks, a black seamstress, was arrested after refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery city bus. The incident sparked a year-long boycott of the buses by blacks.

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