CONWAY, S.C. - Black people in South Carolina are being urged to go to the polls.

That's the message following a weekend ceremony in Conway commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports that about 75 people turned out on Sunday for the commemoration.

The keynote speaker was former South Carolina state Rep. James Felder, who served as a pallbearer at the funeral of President John F. Kennedy. Felder says he remembers a time when black people faced death threats for trying to vote. He says he cannot understand why they don't go to the polls today.

Felder said four years ago there were 800,000 black people registered in South Carolina but only about half went to the polls.