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Dave Dennis recounts continuing battles of civil rights activism

Dave Dennis is a veteran of the civil rights movement. He lives in Summerville. (File/Adam Parker/Staff) By Adam Parker aparker@postandcourier.com

Dave Dennis is a veteran of the civil rights movement. He lives in Summerville. (File/Adam Parker/Staff) By Adam Parker aparker@postandcourier.com

Persistence and patience. That is what’s needed to affect change. That is the lesson Dave Dennis learned at his grandmother’s knee.

Dennis, 76, is a veteran of the civil rights movement. His mother cooked for whites in Louisiana; his father picked cotton. Dennis became a leader in the Congress for Racial Equality, or CORE, and participated in the Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964.

Always an activist, he also has delivered newspapers, worked in a convenience store, assisted a chef, tended bar, practiced corporate law and owned a restaurant and nightclub.

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