King Day at Dome rally at State House


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina civil rights leaders will again celebrate Martin Luther King Day with a rally at the Statehouse.

Organizers say improving mental health will be the focus of Monday's King Day at the Dome event.

The South Carolina NAACP will start the rally with a church service, then march several blocks through downtown Columbia to the Statehouse for speeches and music.

The NAACP started the annual rally in 2000 to protest the flying of the Confederate flag atop the Statehouse dome. They continue to protest after the flag was moved to a pole beside a monument honoring Confederate soldiers on the capitol lawn.

Rally organizers plan to show President Barack Obama's inauguration outside the Statehouse after the rally.

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