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Prayers, protests in Charlotte ahead of DNC

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People pray during the 'Charlotte 714' prayer service at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Sept. 2, in Charlotte, N.C. The group gathered to celebrate and reinforce Christian values during the week of the Democratic National Convention.

The Democratic National Convention opens Tuesday in Charlotte's Time Warner Cable Arena. President Barack Obama will be nominated for a new term on Wednesday. He will deliver his acceptance speech Thursday night at the outdoor Bank of America Stadium.

The convention starts less than a week after Republicans gathered in Tampa, Fla., to nominate Mitt Romney as the party's presidential candidate.

-- Reported by NBC News staff

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Occupy protesters demonstrate in front of the Bank of America headquarters before the start of the DNC, Sept. 2, in Charlotte, N.C. Image shot on an iPhone.