NC social protest leader at SC King Day ceremony

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The keynote speaker for the South Carolina NAACP's celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life is the leader of the civil rights organization's North Carolina branch.

North Carolina NAACP President William Barber is the featured speaker on Monday at the annual rally to honor King on his holiday at the South Carolina Statehouse.

Barber helped organize protests over social issues last year in North Carolina that led to nearly 1,000 people being arrested at that state's capitol. The protests were over a lack of health care and education for minorities, something the South Carolina NAACP has been trying to draw attention to for years.

The rally starts with a prayer service in downtown Columbia, then a march to the Statehouse.