Over fifty years ago, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. made his first public visit to South Carolina to deliver a speech on a school field in Kingstree about the importance of voting. About 5,000 came out on a rainy day to hear him.
The Voting Rights Act had been signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Aug. 6, 1965, so this appearance in the Palmetto State by King provided him a chance to emphasize the importance of realizing the promise of that law.
“I come to ask you to go all out, to get every Negro in this county registered to vote,” he told the crowd.
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My mother is playing in the band 0:39 seconds into the video