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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Local and South Carolina civil rights leaders say they oppose Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell, a Civil War re-enactor, for president of the College of Charleston.

Leaders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People held a news conference on campus on Monday. The Rev. Nelson B. Rivers, a local minister and the former national chief operating officer for the NAACP, warned that if the college hires McConnell, officials will regret it.

McConnell told The Post and Courier of Charleston that he's defined by his record and not the NAACP's rhetoric. He says he has worked to increase diversity among judges, get lottery money for the state's black colleges and get money for training more black male teachers.

McConnell is one of three finalists for the president's job.

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