Charlotte celebrates 50th anniversary of civil rights march

  • Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 1:05 a.m.

CHARLOTTE (AP) — Some Charlotte residents observed the 50th anniversary of a march that called for an end to segregation in North Carolina’s largest city.

In 1963, then-Mayor Stan Brookshire joined with the city’s African-American leaders to desegregate Charlotte restaurants. The May 20 march, which came on the anniversary of the signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence in 1775 ended with Reginald Hawkins declaring, “We want freedom and we want it now!”

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