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NBC’s ‘Today Show’ spot extends reach of The Echo Project

Laurens, S.C. – Rev. David Kennedy and his congregation’s Echo Project have been on the national stage before, and that was the case again Tuesday morning when Kennedy was interviewed by The Today Show host Craig Melvin for the beginning of Black History Month. Melvin visited Laurens in the fall to begin filming the five-minute…

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Local NAACP presents first virtual Freedom Fund program

Laurens County, South Carolina – When a large group of white liberals and seven African Americans met in the wake of a string of deadly race riots in Springfield, Illinois, the result was the formation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. It was 1908 and the anti-black riots, including lynchings, had…

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Peaceful protest in Laurens as residents speak for justice

Laurens, South Carolina – At least 75 Laurens County residents gathered on the grounds of the Historic Courthouse Square early Monday evening, June 1, as the president of the Laurens County Branch of the NAACP spoke at a “Peaceful Rally” to honor George Floyd, the man who died after a Minneapolis police officer was filmed…

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NAACP speaker stresses need for ‘street view’ of injustice

Laurens, S.C. – Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had a clear view of injustice because he lived among the people who experienced it, and former Ohio Senator Nina Turner said that same vantage point is required to ever bring about change. Turner served as the keynote speaker Saturday night, Jan. 18, as the Laurens County…

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