Presidential candidates expected at Martin Luther King Rally

Published: Jan. 15, 2016 at 5:34 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 25, 2016 at 5:34 AM EST
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Presidential politics will play a significant role in this year's King Day at the Dome event.

The annual civil rights rally at the State House always draws a large crowd. However, the group gathering at next Monday's observance will be bolstered by the three leading Democratic candidates for president.

The campaigns of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley have all confirmed the candidates will attend.

State NAACP President Dr. Lonnie Randolph says it's a logical move for anyone seeking support from black voters.

"This is the place, we have the fifth largest percentage of African-Americans in the country right here in South Carolina," Randolph said. "So any person wanting to serve the country and serve all people--if they're smart they'll come by here."

Monday's King Day activities start with a prayer service at Zion Baptist Church at 8:30 a.m.

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