Still, the Rev. William Barber, head of the N.C. NAACP, said the stormy weather was a blessing — not a curse.
“When it rains on that event, that’s God’s blessing on that event,” he said.
Hundreds huddled together against the rain to hear Barber and a number of activists speak at the rally, part of a national campaign known as the Fight For $15.
Jordy Salguero, a UNC junior, grew up in a household of five with Guatemalan immigrants as parents.
“I knew how it felt to see the struggle of two low-wage workers barely surviving in this society,” Salguero said. “Their days consisted of arduous manual labor and long, stressful hours.”
Salguero said Fight for $15 was an opportunity for groups to come together and fight for change.
“Marching next to students and workers, nationwide, proved to our society that we care for our lives,” he said. “As a first-generation student, I worry that all of my hard work and dedication in school wouldn’t provide a sufficient living wage for me in the future.”
A first-time protester, UNC senior Michael Stephens said he attended to stand against wage inequality.