Jeff Sessions

MLK Day marchers in SC: Now is not the time to lose hope

Speakers and marchers both called for minorities to not forget how hard civil rights leaders had to fight to gain equality for blacks and others Monday at South Carolina's biggest civil rights rally as the U.S. prepares for a stark change in leadership later this week.

This year's King Day at the Dome rally at the Statehouse was much more subdued than past years and there was a darker vibe in the smaller-than-usual crowd as they prepared for the nation's first black president, Barack Obama, to leave office Friday.

Donald Trump is taking over along with Republican majorities in Congress that many in the crowd fear want to roll back civil rights advances.