COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The Democratic Party’s top three presidential contenders are taking part in an annual South Carolina observance honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
Campaigns for Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley confirmed Wednesday the candidates will be attending King Day at the Dome on Monday in Columbia. Local outlets reported Bernie Sanders would also attend.
The King Day rally was started in 2000 to protest the Confederate flag that then flew atop the Statehouse dome and was later placed elsewhere on the grounds. Last summer, legislators voted to remove it from the complex altogether following the shooting deaths of nine black Charleston parishioners. The suspect embraced the Confederate flag.
In 2008, Democratic presidential candidates including then-U.S. Sens. Barack Obama and Clinton and former U.S. Sen. John Edwards attended the Statehouse rally.