Voting rights dominate discussion in Charlotte

It felt like a concert. There was a stage in the center and people sat in the grassy areas in chairs facing the stage.

A group of eight Winthrop students and social work professor Dr. Kareema Gray went to the Commemoration of March on Washington last Wednesday at Marshall Park in downtown Charlotte.

“I think that was one of the biggest surprises to me. Because it wasn’t what we expected it to be. They built it as a march, but no one marched,” said Parker Quinland, a junior political science major. “We all just stood there like a concert in the park and listened to gospel music.”

 

Voting Rally

Winthrop students and faculty descended on Charlotte to observe rallies about voting rights. Photo courtesy of Kareema Gray

The commemoration was more of a rally consisting of speakers and musicians who brought attention to voting rights in North Carolina.  The keynote speaker was Rev. Dr. Barber, leader of the Forward Together Movement and state president of NAACP.

There were multiple speakers who spoke on voters rights, criminal justice system, education, healthcare and a variety of other topics.

“I have a sense of satisfaction from going to it to see all those people there and to know sometimes it can feel like no one really cares or no one is politically active in this country, but there are people that are,” Quinlan said.

Junior political science major Brandi Gerkink also attended, because she thought it would be an appropriate way to honor the work of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I agree with almost every thing he stood for and I just thought it would be a really cool way to pay attention to those issues and those that are still present today,” she said.

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