- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Two one-time aides to the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. will participate in a conference in Montgomery coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.

The Rev. C.T. Vivian and the Rev. Bernard Lafayette are among those scheduled to appear Wednesday at an event sponsored by Alabama State University.

Vivian worked in the voting rights campaign in Selma in the mid-1960s and was a senior aide to King.

Lafayette was also in Selma in the mid-60s as director of the voting rights project for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He was with King the day the civil rights leader was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1968.

The two-day conference in Montgomery commemorates the signing of the Voting Rights Act in 1965.


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