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Brother of slain civil rights activist to speak at march

February 9, 2018

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two of the main speakers for the 12th annual “Moral March on Raleigh” are sick. And the weather forecast calls for showers.

But the clouds are supposed to clear Saturday. And organizers of the 12th annual march are still planning for a big crowd as someone other than the Rev. William Barber leads the event for the first time since it was founded in 2007.

The Rev. Anthony Spearman succeeded Barber as president of the state chapter of the NAACP in October. Spearman says he’s not nervous about following Barber, who’s known for his powerful speeches.

Other speakers include David Goodman, brother of Andrew Goodman, who was 20 years old when he and two other civil rights activists were ambushed and killed by Ku Klux Klansmen in 1964 in Mississippi.

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