Buncombe County Moral March to the Polls

On March 5, a crowd gathered at the former Board of Elections at 35 Woodfin St. for the Buncombe County Moral March to the Polls.

The event, hosted by Asheville-Buncombe County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Democracy North Carolina, began at the former Board of Elections and proceeded to march to Park Square for a rally on voting rights and voter suppression. Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization with members throughout the United States and the world, according to their website.

The march was headed by Carmen Ramos-Kennedy, elected president of the Asheville-Buncombe NAACP by North Carolina NAACP President Rev. William Barber in September 2015.

At Pack Square, Ramos-Kennedy spoke about issues of voting rights, such as state laws regarding voter identification, gerrymandering and racial makeup of congressional districts. Many community activists, including North Carolina Senator Terry Van Duyn, were in attendance.

“Forward together, not one step back!” said Ramos-Kennedy through the megaphone.

Immediately following the rally, voters were encouraged to walk across the street to the downtown polling location at 200 College St. to cast their ballot.

More information about the Asheville-Buncombe NAACP and future events can be found at their website.