WASHINGTON D.C. -- The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington is now over, but leaders who attended say North Carolina may see the national spotlight over recent changes to voting laws.
Reverand Al Sharpton of the National Action Network put the Tarheel State in the crosshairs Saturday when he addressed the multitudes.
"North Carolina's laws are some of the most regressive we've seen in terms of voting," said Sharpton when he was interviewed by NBC Charlotte Wednesday.
"This is nothing but a voter suppression attempt that we cannot sit by and tolerate."
He and other civil rights leaders have railed the voting changes. In addition to requiring ID, it shortens the early voting period, and makes it harder for students to vote.
"It's anti-democratic. It's inconsistent with the values of Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson," said Marc Morial, head of the Urban League.
He says a message needs to be sent to North Carolina. "I think that in the state of North Carolina, there’s got to be massive resistance on the part of some to turn the hands of time back."
Both leaders say they will be in the state to support local leaders who are fighting the changes.
"I think they are going to receive tremendous national support from all of us," said Morial. Sharpton says it's important for people who attended the anniversary to come to the Carolinas.
"It will be very important for people around the nation to rally and support Rev Barber and a lot of others in North Carolina," he said.