Andrew Goodman Foundation President to Speak at 12th Annual Moral March in Raleigh, NC
February 7, 2018 (Raleigh, NC)—The Andrew Goodman Foundation (AGF) will join more than 200 social justice and civil rights organizations in Raleigh, North Carolina for the 12th Annual Moral March on Raleigh & the Historic Thousands on Jones St. (HKonJ) People’s Assembly this Saturday, February 10th at 8:00 a.m. David Goodman, president of The Andrew Goodman Foundation, will join regionally and nationally renowned figures, including the new president of the North Carolina NAACP state chapter, Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman. Goodman’s remarks will discuss how this year’s theme “Taking the Resistance to the Ballot Box” is connected to the story of his slain older brother and civil rights icon, Andrew Goodman. This will be his third year speaking at the march.
“When I think about Andy’s story and the onslaught of voter suppression we are experiencing in our country today, I am reminded about why it is so important to convene at the Moral March every year,” says Goodman. “We are marching to say, ‘We are here. We are engaged. We are paying attention. And we will continue to fight for an inclusive democracy that works for and protects everyone.”
Vote Everywhere (VE) Ambassadors from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte, Western Carolina University, and East Carolina University, as well as Program Managers Kevon Haughton and Margaret Sasser, will be in attendance. Megan Newsome, a member of the inaugural class of AGF’s newest program, the Puffin Fellows, will also be present at the march.
Kevon Haughton thinks that participating in the Moral March is crucial to restoring democracy in North Carolina, “Our VE Ambassadors in North Carolina, and across the country, regularly exercise their right to free speech. Participating in the Moral March is about showing solidarity with the citizens of North Carolina and promoting equal voting rights.”
80,000 people attended last year’s Moral March. It was regarded as the largest convening to date. Topics such as the then-impending Affordable Care Act repeal, dismantling of civil rights protections and voting rights, and gerrymandering in North Carolina were at the center of the conversation.
“We hope everyone will leave Raleigh this weekend fully re-energized and re-charged to tackle voting barriers and civil injustices in their own communities,” adds Goodman.
Amidst a midterm election year and a tumultuous political climate, this year, the assembly hopes to instill the urgency of using the ballot to create change.
About The Andrew Goodman Foundation
Established to continue the legacy of Andrew Goodman, a civil rights worker murdered during Freedom Summer 1964, The Andrew Goodman Foundation partners with America’s colleges and universities through its Vote Everywhere program which provides student leaders with a platform to register and mobilize voters, organize campuses, and collaborate with their peers. Launched as a pilot program in 2012, Vote Everywhere now operates in 20 states and is directed by over 100 student Ambassadors. Its current network of 54 campuses is home to a student population of nearly a million. To learn more, visit www.andrewgoodman.org.