Thousands gathered Saturday for the "Moral March on Raleigh," which built upon a year of protests opposing what the GOP-led General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory had approved. Demonstrators filled up at least three blocks when they reached the march's end at the old Capitol.
The Rev. William Barber of the state NAACP is the movement's top leader. He told the crowd they return to Raleigh with a renewed sense of urgency and strength to counter elected leaders.
Raleigh police didn't release a crowd estimate. The permit application planned for at least 20,000.