(FILES) US civil rights leader Martin Luther KIng (C) waves to supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial 28 August 1963 on the Mall in Washington DC (Washington Monument in background) during the "March on Washington". 28 August marks the 40th anniversary of the famous "I Have a Dream" speech, which is credited with mobilizing supporters of desegregation and prompted the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Martin Luther King was assassinated on 04 April 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. James Earl Ray confessed to shooting King and was sentenced to 99 years in prison. AFP PHOTO/FILES (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Wednesday marks 50 years to the day since Dr. Martin Luther King gave his historic "I Have a Dream" speech.
People all across the country, including Charlotte, are celebrating the occasion.
Eyewitness News spoke with Charlotte NAACP President Kojo Nantambu on Tuesday night about Wednesday.
On Wednesday, NAACP leaders hope to fill up Marshall Park and 13 others across the state.
The NAACP said they will be help register people to vote, have speakers, and discuss issues like the recently passed voter ID law.
Local leaders say not only do they want to show tribute to King, but they want to use the rallies to educate those attending about what they call immoral acts in the N.C. State Legislature.
"So we are trying to bring attention to that. We are trying to heighten people's consciousness and awareness of what is going on in North Carolina with all these draconian and evil laws that have been passed in the last session," said Nantambu.
The "Taking The Dream to Charlotte" rally will kick off at 5:30 p.m. in Marshall Park at 800 E. Third St.
Also to mark the 50-year anniversary of the March on Washington, Nantambu will speak in Lincolnton.
The local chapter added him to their King celebration.
They said he will address complaints that have led to the Moral Monday protests.
The event starts at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday night at the Lincoln County Courthouse.