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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A black Republican candidate for South Carolina schools superintendent wants the NAACP to end its boycott of the state over the flying of the Confederate flag on Statehouse grounds.

Gary Burgess spoke Saturday at the African-American Memorial outside the Statehouse.

Burgess says the boycott achieved its aim in 2000 when the flag was removed from the Statehouse dome. Since then, the flag has flown at the Confederate monument in front of the Statehouse.

Burgess says the boycott is hurting the education of students by preventing visits from the national NAACP and denying the state money from NCAA tournaments.

South Carolina NAACP president Lonnie Randolph says the civil rights group will continue its boycott and education can be properly funded regardless of the boycott.

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