- Associated Press - Sunday, May 8, 2016

KINGSTREE, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina community of Kingstree is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic speech urging black voters to cast their ballots without fear.

Sunday’s celebrations begin at 3:30 p.m. and include a reenactment of King’s “March on the Ballot Boxes” address. King’s visit came several months after President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law. It was part of King’s crusade to help black citizens exercise their right to vote.

U.S. Rep. James Clyburn was present at the 1966 speech and is speaking at the event.

A historical marker is being unveiled at the site of the original speech at Tomlinson High School’s athletic field.

The event is free and open to the public.


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