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Civil rights activists host 'Drive the City' rally in Paso Robles

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Posted at 2:15 PM, Feb 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-20 22:51:38-05

Dozens of local civil rights activists are pushing for racial equality with a car procession through Paso Robles Saturday afternoon.

NAACP North County Engagement organized a "Drive the City" motorcade from 12-1 p.m., starting at Robbins Field and cruising through the city to celebrate Black History Month.

Participating community members brought U.S. flags, signs and vehicles decorated with chalk markers.

Kenneth Parish, vice president of NAACP North County Engagement, said the organization hopes to eliminate race-based discrimination and secure rights for everyone.

"We're inspired by our forefathers. We're inspired by our ancestors. We're inspired by positive change. We're inspired to motorcade for the cause of civil rights and equality for all," said Parish.

This event is usually a march, but organizers turned it into a car rally due to COVID-19 concerns, according to Parish.