March participants say Haley has more to learn about race

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A pastor affiliated with the church where nine black members were gunned down says South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is misguided when she talks about the state having racial harmony.

Rev. Joseph Darby took the podium Saturday before hundreds assembled for Labor Day weekend activities in Charleston.

His sentiments were echoed by an NAACP leader from North Carolina, who noted Haley only spoke out about removing the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds after the deaths, not before.

Haley's call to remove the flag was ultimately successful in July. She says the state has made race-based progress but still can do more.

Her office also says the governor commends the African Methodist Episcopal church for setting a compassionate example that led the state through one of its most difficult times.