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1st 'Moral Monday' in far western part in NC planned

SYLVA, N.C. (AP) — The first "Moral Monday" event in the far western part of North Carolina is coming up in Sylva.

The "Mountain Moral Monday" event will be held Monday in Bridge Park in Sylva. NAACP President William Barber is the architect of the Forward Together Moral Movement and is speaking at the event.

Organizers tell the Asheville Citizen-Times that other speakers include a physically disabled Sylva woman hurt by the state's refusal to expand Medicaid and a Franklin teacher who will discuss school funding. Speakers will also discuss unemployment insurance cuts, voter ID, environmental rules and other topics.

Barber says five majority-white NAACP branches have formed in the far western area of the state over the past three years. He says the branches formed in counties that never had NAACP branches before.

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