Local senator remembers NC civil rights leader

Floyd McKissick, head of CORE, addresses a crowd who stopped work to attend a memorial meeting for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in New York, April 8, 1968. McKissick told the crowd: "The reason you're here today is because of an act of violence." (AP Photo/John Duricka)
August 28, 2013 7:40:54 AM PDT
As the nation is remembering the iconic speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for racial equality and harmony, a local senator is commemorating another nationally known civil rights leader who made an impact.

Although the March on Washington for jobs and freedom from fifty years ago is historic, most people are not aware of Floyd McKissick; a North Carolinian who also spoke on the day Dr. King delivered the "I Have a Dream" speech.

In the 1960's, McKissick was in charge of the civil rights organization CORE, the Congress of Racial Equality. "So they were frequently on the same podiums, attending the same events and working collaboratively in many cities and communities," explained Senator Floyd McKissick, Jr., of his father and Dr. King's relationship.

" [He was] someone who did not mind fighting for change, permanent change that equalized opportunities for all people in this country regardless of race, religion or background," said McKissick Jr. as he described his dad.

Tens of thousands gathered to hear from Dr. King and other civil rights leaders at the National Mall and the Lincoln Memorial 50 years ago.

The nation's first African-American president will deliver a speech at the very spot Wednesday, with another large crowd expected.

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