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South Carolina civil rights leaders say they will be watching police and businesses as thousands of black motorcyclists head toward the coast.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has had its Operation Bike Week Justice in place for five years to make sure black bikers at the Memorial Day Bikefest are treated the same as white bikers at the Harley-Davidson rally earlier in the month.

Three years ago, the NAACP settled a discrimination lawsuit with Myrtle Beach over traffic restrictions only for the black biker rally and successfully sued several restaurants and a hotel for treating black bikers differently.

NAACP officials said Thursday progress has been made, but several businesses continue to discriminate against black bikers.