KKK plans Saturday rally in Iredell County

KKK plans Saturday rally in Iredell County

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by RICHARD DEVAYNE / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on May 23, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 23 at 6:02 PM

HARMONY, N.C. --Outside the Harmony Fire Department Martha Estep held a sign that read "No hate, No KKK."  Her two sons also held signs with Bible verses on them.

Estep is from Denver, but when she heard that the Loyal White Knights of the KKK were holding a rally and "Cross Lighting," she said she had to make the drive to north Iredell County.

The Klan plans to hold its rally near Harmony Saturday starting at 2 p.m. at an undisclosed location.  Members have made posts on their website about the event and have handed out fliers in Reidsville, North Carolina.

"We had to let the rest of America know that we are not like this.  Iredell County is not like this and Harmony and North Carolina is not like this," Estep said of her protests.  "We should be about love.  God is love, not hate."

One current Harmony Board member said that his son has received texts about the rally.

"It's very upsetting.  That's not what we are about," said town Alderman Ray Lewis, who has been on the board for more than a decade.

"It just gives the wrong impression about us and we're not like that."

Mayor Joyce Rogers said she wanted to make it clear that Harmony did not invite the KKK to come to town and felt the rally would be held somewhere in the area, but not in Harmony town limits.

"We are not about color.  We are about the person inside the skin," Rogers said.

NewsChannel 36 did reach out to the LWK, but have not heard back from them about the rally.

"Since the event will be on private property they don't have to contact us," said Darren Campbell of the Iredell County Sheriff's Office. "Just like any other large event, we will be ready in case of anything."
 

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