The following are remarks offered by Executive Director Jennifer Copeland at a press conference announcing a collaborative voter registration drive that will extend into February.
Eighty years ago, faith leaders of NC stood up and cried out against the injustice of segregation and racial discrimination. The NC Council of Churches was born.
Sixty years ago, Rosa Parks sat down and assumed her place of equality on a Montgomery city bus. The American Civil Rights movement became national news.
Today I point to the twin towers of Biblical imperative and Constitutional rights, two very different documents that both proclaim the worth of every single person. Scripture assures us the image of God is imprinted on every human face, regardless of nationality or ethnicity. The Constitution affirms the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Because the Bible tells us we matter and because the Constitution guarantees our freedom, the NC Council of Churches is joining voices across this state who will work diligently to see that every person who can vote is registered to vote and every person who is registered to vote has the chance to vote.
With our partners, for the next 80 days the NC Council of Churches is focused on voter registration. We’re asking our denominational leaders to remind their congregational members of the rights and responsibilities of having the privilege to vote in the democracy that is the United States of America.