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Student NAACP Chapter Participates in Moral March

Moral March participants

February 8, 2014 - The Shaw University Student NAACP chapter joined more than 80,000 people in downtown Raleigh for the Moral March on Raleigh, also known as the HKonJ People's Assembly. Starting on Shaw’s campus, this year’s march was the largest civil rights demonstration in the South since the march to Selma in 1965.

Each year, on the second Saturday in February, thousands of HKonJ marchers descend on downtown Raleigh, NC where the group convenes and ultimately marches to the North Carolina State Capitol. The purpose of the march is to visibly challenge the attacks on voting rights, economic justice, public education, equal protection under the law, and more.

Six members of the Shaw University Student NAACP chapter participated in the event. Chapter President Taylor Britt shared her thoughts on the event. "The march was well planned and very inspirational," said Britt. "It brought a large number of people from different back grounds together to support a common cause. The unity message was magnificent as well as empowering."

Chapter advisor Derrick Gill, who accompanied the students, also shared his thoughts on the event. "Dr Barber shared great pearls of wisdom to a crowd of over 80,000," said Gill. "He encouraged us to forge ahead in our work for equality. As chapter advisor I not only admire his leadership but I continue to be increasingly encouraged by his dedication to his inspiring call for change to those with political influence."

The following Shaw students participated in the march:

  • Taylor Britt – Chapter President
  • Aaron Banks – Secretary
  • Saisha Smith – Treasure
  • Angelique Nanes – Member
  • Isaiah Daniels – Member
  • Rameshia Robbins – Member/Student Advisor