About 150 people marched in a solemn procession around North Carolina's Executive Mansion to protest voting law changes by the state's Republican-led legislature.
But Gov. Pat McCrory wasn't there to see them. His office said the governor is attending a Republican Governors Association meeting Monday in Charleston, S.C.
The marchers carried empty caskets to memorialize the four little girls killed in the bombing of a Birmingham, Ala., church 50 years ago this week. North Carolina NAACP President William Barber said the blood of those young martyrs helped ensure the passage of voting rights that cannot now be taken away.
McCrory has touted a photo identification requirement in the new voting law he signed. The measure also contains more than 40 other provisions critics allege are designed to suppress voter turnout.