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NC state senator to lead civil rights museum tour

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A Mecklenburg County senator is using a civil rights museum as a backdrop to express his concerns over North Carolina's newly enacted election laws.

Democratic Sen. Malcolm Graham is hosting college students from the Triad for a tour on Tuesday of the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro.

After the tour, Graham will join student leaders for a news conference to answer questions regarding the new elections laws, which include requiring identification at the polls, reduces the in-person early voting period and ends same-day voter registration. A lawsuit has been filed challenging the law, passed by the GOP-led General Assembly in July.

The museum occupies the former Woolworth building where four students from North Carolina A&T State University staged a lunch counter sit-in for equal rights in 1960.

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