Rocky Mount, N.C. — A documentary about the faces of poverty in the Tar Heel state was screened Saturday in Rocky Mount for an audience of community leaders, activists and concerned citizens who met to talk about solutions.
The stories told in the 26-minute film were collected in the cities and counties of North Carolina during the Truth and Hope Poverty Tour, sponsored by the NAACP, the North Carolina Justice Center and the AARP among others.
"If banks are too big to fail, then human beings created by God are too precious to fail," said Dr. William Barber II, president of the NAACP of North Carolina.
Organizers say poverty is an ill that cannot be ignored.
Gene Nichol, director of the University of North Carolina Center on Poverty, studies the problem. "Four out of 10 of our kids of color live in poverty. I think that is an admission of failure on our behalf," he said.
"We are not going to get better treatment for those at the bottom until we all demand it," he said.
Organizers of the tour and film say they will rally and rage until their message is heard.