Local senator remembers NC civil rights leader

RALEIGH

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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