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John Lewis to lead Charlotte march to polls for Clinton on Thursday

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., one of the leaders of last month's sit-in on the floor of the House chamber, speaks at an anti-gun violence rally on the Capitol steps in Washington, Wednesday, July 6, 2016, calling on House Speaker Paul Ryan to allow votes on gun violence prevention legislation.
Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., one of the leaders of last month's sit-in on the floor of the House chamber, speaks at an anti-gun violence rally on the Capitol steps in Washington, Wednesday, July 6, 2016, calling on House Speaker Paul Ryan to allow votes on gun violence prevention legislation. AP

U.S. Rep. John Lewis will be in Charlotte on Thursday to support Democrat Hillary Clinton and lead a march to the polls.

Lewis, a Georgia Democrat, withstood violence and arrest during the civil rights marches in Alabama in the mid-1960s. He also served as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

The Charlotte event is at 5 p.m. Marchers will begin at MLK Park (2600 Ravencroft Drive, Charlotte) and proceed to Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center (2921 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte) to vote.

He joins a long list of leaders campaigning this week in North Carolina, a key battleground state.

Vice President Joe Biden has an afternoon rally in Charlotte Tuesday, President Barack Obama will be in Chapel Hill on Wednesday and in Charlotte and Fayetteville on Friday, and Hillary Clinton has events scheduled for Thursday in Raleigh and the Greenville area.

On the Republican side, Donald Trump will be in Concord and Selma in Johnston County on Thursday.

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