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2019 MLK Brochure

The 2019 edition of the brochure featuring quotes and photographs of Dr. King is now ready to order in quantities to distribute.  The new edition features information about North Carolina’s new photo ID mandate, resources for learning more about this year’s legislative long session and municipal elections, and other ways you can fight for voters in 2019.  The pocket-size brochures are provided FREE by Democracy North Carolina.

Here is a link to the inside and outside of the brochure – with the panels in a format you can easily read.

This non-partisan brochure is ideal for distributing at King Day events, community centers, churches and faith centers, schools, Black History Month events, barber and beauty shops, and other venues in your area.

Beginning January 4th, Democracy NC will ship brochures within a few days after you order them.  Please let us know what quantity is useful for you to distribute.

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Order FREE copies to distribute via this form.
“The time is always right to do what is right. ” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In the wake of challenges in our way, Dr. King encouraged us to remain steadfast in our cause and believe in our ability to make positive change. A new North Carolina law “requires” voters to show an acceptable photo ID beginning in 2019 — but it has exceptions so people can vote without one. This year, we must help protect voters by assisting them to overcome confusion about this complex law, get an acceptable ID to vote, and fight these anti-voting laws with more voting.

3 Tips for Protecting Voters in 2019

1. Follow court challenges to the photo ID law. The ID law accepts some photo IDs but not others and has biases that will harm certain people — just like the last ID law. As a result, voting advocates will challenge the law in court.

2. Advocate for voter-friendly ID rules. The State Board of Elections must write guidelines to implement the ID law through a rule-making process that is open to the public. Even as the law is challenged in court, we must advocate for
better rules.

3. Educate our fellow voters. We must begin educating voters now about their rights and what the latest ID requirement really means.

To keep up with legal challenges, learn where and how to engage in the rule-making process, and help educate voters in your community, visit

if you have questions about voting, including voter ID requirements and exceptions, or have problems at the polls (or know someone who has).

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Helpful Resources

Legislative Long Session

2019 marks the beginning of the the NC General Assembly’s long legislative session, which traditionally runs through the summer. Now is the
time to plan how you want to be involved in fighting for affirmative policies that help voters, including independent redistricting, voter registration reform, and expanding who can vote and when.

For the latest on our pro-democracy legislative agenda and how to get involved, visit

Municipal Elections

Participating in local, municipal elections in 2019 is where voters can have the most immediate impact on their daily lives and shape future political leadership. Races include: mayors, city or town councils, county offices, and school boards.

For more information about upcoming municipal elections in your county, including how to register, what you need to vote, and what’s on the ballot, visit

3 WAYS TO Fight for Voters IN 2019

1.  Democracy Summer 20th Anniversary

Dr. King teaches us, “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” He knew the power we have as leaders is to listen and bring people together.
In 2019, Democracy Summer — Democracy North Carolina’s innovative paid internship program that exposes young leaders to new ideas and movements — celebrates its 20th anniversary year. Recruitment begins now for this special
class of students, who will be equipped with lifelong skills that they can use to work for positive social change in their communities. Their nine-week internship will take them from the halls of state government to the neighborhoods of their local communities, teaching them how to organize people around a shared vision for a better democracy.

To share or apply for this internship opportunity, visit

2.  Nonprofit Voter Engagement Grants Are Available

Dr. King said, “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” He tells us transformational leaders are found at every part of our communities — they find meaning and purpose and a higher calling in their daily endeavors.

North Carolina’s nonprofit services providers are some of the most important resources in our communities — and serve many of the same populations who most need information and resources to make their votes count. Our Nonprofit Voter Engagement Program is a nonpartisan initiative of Democracy North Carolina to engage, support, and evaluate the
role of nonprofit service providers doing voter engagement. We can provide training, voter education materials, up-to-date information on election laws — all tailored to fit the needs of your organization.

To apply for Democracy North Carolina’s NPVE grant, visit

3.  Board of Elections Monitor

Dr. King said, “Every step toward the goal of justice requires [the] passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” We are reminded that our fight isn’t just during the election season, but is a year-round call to make sure our rights are protected.

The way voting laws are applied in North Carolina is often decided at the local level. Now that county boards of elections shoulder much of responsibility for implementing and facilitating new photo ID requirements, we need to understand how the election system operates locally to make sure it works for all. That means watching the actions of the County Board of Elections year round, attending its monthly meetings, developing relationships with the members, and raising our voices at crucial times.

To sign up to be a 2019 Board of Elections Monitor, visit