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Upstate events to commemorate MLK 50th Anniversary

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As part of the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington and "I have a dream" speech, Gov. Nikki Haley has proclaimed Aug. 28 as Let Freedom Ring Day statewide.

The governor said the proclamation is a call to all South Carolinians to ring a bell at 3 p.m. as a way to recognize and honor the importance of this historical day.

In addition to ringing bells, other commemorative events are scheduled throughout the Upstate.

South Carolina:

Greenville's Little Theater will host a panel discussion titled, "Getting out Stories Straight" at 7:30 p.m. with a Black History narrative, performed by JDew. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students/groups.

On Saturday, a rally is being held in Greenville's Cleveland park. It is free, open to the public and expected to begin at 1:30 p.m. We're told more than a dozen ministers, Sen. Carl Allen, other elected officials and community leaders will be speaking.

North Carolina:

Council member Cecil Bothwell will be a featured speaker at the District 11 rally in Buncombe County. The rally for District 10, will be held in Lincolnton at 1 Court Square.

Both are sponsored by the NC NAACP and begin at 5:30 p.m.

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