Updated: Tuesday, August 6 2013, 08:35 AM EDT
Thousands pack downtown Asheville to hear the president of North Carolina's chapter of the NAACP speak for a record crowd on Moral Monday. Police estimate close to 6,500 people showed up as the protests now hit the road.
The crowd was moved to cheers and celebration as Reverend William Barber took the stage and hit home on key points. The bill passed to eliminate early voting, teacher pay cuts and the battle over Asheville's water system. Barber was an effective speaker going on for over forty minutes succinctly making his points preaching to a highly supportive crowd.
The crowd listened intently as Barber criticized the work of Republicans from the governor to members of the legislature.
Republican State Senator Tom Apodaca released this statement to News 13 about today's Rally:
"America is a great country and democracy is a wonderful system. Every citizen can support or oppose those policies by making their voices heard. I encourage the protesters to stay cool in this heat and spend lots of money in downtown Asheville."
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