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Rally at SC State House planned for MLK Day

Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders, left, and Martin O'Malley, right, joined in a march to the State House for the annual "King Day at the Dome" event in Columbia, SC, Monday, January 18, 2016.
Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders, left, and Martin O'Malley, right, joined in a march to the State House for the annual "King Day at the Dome" event in Columbia, SC, Monday, January 18, 2016. gmelendez@thestate.com

The time for the annual King Day at the Dome march and rally has been set, but speakers for the Jan. 16 civil rights event at the S.C. State House have yet to be announced.

The S.C. NAACP will rally on the north steps of the State House at 10 a.m. on Jan. 16 in honor of the Martin Luther King holiday.

The rally will be preceded by a prayer service at 8:30 a.m. at Zion Baptist Church at 801 Washington St., followed by a march to the State House beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Also on Jan. 16, the Columbia Urban League will hold its annual King legacy breakfast. The key speaker for the 8 a.m. event, at West Columbia’s Brookland Baptist Church, will be the Rev. Charles B. Jackson Sr.

Next Sunday, the NAACP will host an MLK Heritage program at 4 p.m. at Zion Baptist Church, featuring the Benedict College choir and the winner of the Columbia NAACP branch’s middle school essay contest.

Last year’s King Day at the Dome drew national attention along with the estimated 2,000 marchers. It was the first since the Confederate flag was taken down from the State House grounds, and drew four Democratic presidential candidates ahead of the Palmetto State’s February primary.

Participants can register for the event online at bit.ly/2iYrSU5.

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