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King Day hopes to inspire finishing MLK's 'unfinished business'

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Crowds gather in front of the State House in Columbia for MLK Day. (Jan. 20, 2014/FOX Carolina) Crowds gather in front of the State House in Columbia for MLK Day. (Jan. 20, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Crowds gather in front of the State House in Columbia for MLK Day. (Jan. 20, 2014/FOX Carolina) Crowds gather in front of the State House in Columbia for MLK Day. (Jan. 20, 2014/FOX Carolina)
COLUMBIA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Voting rights, education and the Confederate flag flying high in front of the South Carolina state capitol were just some of the issues pressed at the state's largest MLK Day Celebration.

In memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., organizers with the NAACP, local churches and families from across the state rallied together. They walked from the Zion Baptist Church, down Main Street and to the capitol building for King Day at the Dome.

The annual event that brings thousands together to energize the community, young people in particular, to keep pushing toward equality.

Speakers addressed the need for more funding for public schools, and voting rights for all demographics. All races and ages stood together to continue what Pastor Kevin Donalson called Dr. King's "unfinished business."

"There is so much in our community that needs to be fixed. So many issues that are important for people who are in need, to people who don't have. So we can't stop the fight now. We've got to continue on the work that Dr. King started. It's not over," explained Donalson.

The state's NAACP president led a protest against the Confederate flag. And community leaders reminded people that, as far as the nation has come since Martin Luther King, Jr. who was killed 50 years ago, there is still more that needs to be done.

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