DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's NAACP chapter is organizing marches and memorials to remember the civil rights era and to oppose new laws they say would unfairly crimp the voting power of black Americans.
The NAACP plans events Sunday in Fayetteville, Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro remembering Bloody Sunday. That's the day 48 years ago this month when peaceful demonstrators were beaten by Alabama state troopers as they started a non-violent protest march.
The demonstrations that built from that bloody event ultimately led to the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The NAACP's Fayetteville branch is organizing a march to the site where a black couple was gunned down at random by skinhead killers in 1995.