WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Hundreds turned out to Corpening Plaza Wednesday evening for “Taking the Dream Home” rally. The event was one of 13 similar rallies held across North Carolina on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
“I wanted to be a part of it,” said Anne Paisley of Winston-Salem. She was on the Washington Mall the day King delivered his speech in 1963 and wanted to be a part of the anniversary rally calling on changes in North Carolina. “North Carolina is going down the tubes and I hate to see it.”
Organizers say they hope the rallies will bring attention to recent cuts to education, unemployment and suppression of voter rights by North Carolina lawmakers.
“I have a daughter that is graduating next year in education,” said Sharon Howell who worries cuts to education will forced her daughter to search for a teaching job outside the state. “I want her to have a job. I don’t want her to have to move out-of-state in order to have a teaching position for her to be able to support her and herself.”
Lawmakers and Gov. Pat McCrory have said they believe the decisions and policies they’ve made will create more jobs and improve education.
“We should be making it easier to vote.” said David Bracey of Winston-Salem. “We are the only democracy out there making it harder for people to vote.” Lawmakers recently passed legislation limiting the number of early voting days and requiring voters to show an ID. “It’s sad, it’s pathetic and our state is better than this.”