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Charlotte will be among stops on civil rights march

Cornell William Brooks, NAACP president, holds the hand of Rachel Quarterman, 7, while leading the "America's Journey for Justice March" organized by the NAACP on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in Selma, Ala. The 860 mile relay march is planned to go from Selma to Washington D.C. over the course of 40 days. It will stop in Charlotte for an Aug. 26 rally for voting rights. (Albert Cesare/Montgomery Advertiser via AP)
Cornell William Brooks, NAACP president, holds the hand of Rachel Quarterman, 7, while leading the "America's Journey for Justice March" organized by the NAACP on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in Selma, Ala. The 860 mile relay march is planned to go from Selma to Washington D.C. over the course of 40 days. It will stop in Charlotte for an Aug. 26 rally for voting rights. (Albert Cesare/Montgomery Advertiser via AP) AP

Also, on Aug. 21-23, the Montreat Conference Center in the North Carolina mountains will host a gathering centered on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s unfinished agenda. The event comes 50 years after King spoke there to a meeting of the Christian Action Conference.

“A Teach-In for Rededicating Ourselves to the Dream” will feature a lineup of nationally renowned figures, including U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a hero of the civil rights movement; columnists Leonard Pitts and Charles Blow; the Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP and organizer of the Moral Monday marches in Raleigh; Bishop Vashti McKenzie, the first woman elected bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church; and the Rev. Grady Parsons, stated clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

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