NORTH CAROLINA -

North Carolina civil rights activists are using the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington to keep pressure upon state legislators to repeal policies they argue hurt minority groups and the poor and to promote equality.

The state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People scheduled "Take the Dream Home" rallies late Wednesday afternoon in each of the state's 13 congressional districts.

The NAACP says the rallies keep with the call of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in his "I Have a Dream" speech at the 1963 event to go home and organize. President Barack Obama plans to speak at an anniversary event Wednesday in Washington.

The North Carolina rallies continue protest events held since this spring. Those events led to hundreds of arrests.