It began in North Carolina and has crept into Georgia — now, it’s on the Statehouse steps in downtown Columbia, under a different moniker but dealing with the same progressive issues like LGBT equality, Medicaid expansion and the Voting Rights Act.
Truthful Tuesdays is South Carolina’s Moral Mondays, moved to a different day to accommodate the legislative calendar. The grassroots progressive movement in North Carolina was founded by Rev. William Barber of Goldsboro, N.C. Barber spoke on the Statehouse steps Monday during the annual King Day at the Dome Celebration.
Watch a clip of Barber’s speech here:
Truthful Tuesday began Jan. 14 with the start of the legislative session in Columbia. Protesters carted a coffin around to represent the deaths they see as a result of not expanding Medicaid in the state. It continued the following Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
“Come and vote with me, come and stand with me, we’re on our way to higher ground,” Barber said to a chorusing crowd Monday. He pointed to the Confederate battle flag still on the Statehouse grounds, the lack of expansion of Medicare in the state, and the high poverty in the South as “mighty low.”
“As we assemble today and remember the high standard of the word of God, the high standard of the Constitution, the high standard of Dr. King’s vision. And then when we look at this all put together, we must conclude right now in America, in South Carolina, in North Carolina there are those who have chosen to live and govern mighty low.”
Barber has been listed as one of the top 20 activists changing America — joining the ranks of GOP activist Deepak Bhargava, who spoke at the national GOP convention in 2012.
The next Truthful Tuesday event is a planning meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Zion Baptist Church, 801 Washington St., Columbia.