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KKK’s March in Charlottesville, Va. Met With Throngs of Protesters


Charlottesville, Va. – Scores of protesters shouted down homegrown terrorist group, the Ku Klux Klan, as the reviled group marched in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday (July 8) to protest the removal of Confederate statues from the city.

Anti-KKK Protesters in Charlottesville, Va.

USA Today reports that more than 1,000 multiracial demonstrators flooded this city’s downtown area Saturday to shout down about 50 Klan members, some of whom were flanked by Confederate flags and hood

ed, as they marched to Justice Park.

Protesters got creative (and a little buck) with their signs, with slogans including, “#BlocKKKparty,” “Not OKKK,” “My Life Matters,” as well as that held up by the guy pictured right: protesters

More than 100 police officers in riot gear protected the KKK’s right of free speech, and 23 people were arrested in sometimes contentious confrontations. The outlet reports that police used pepper spray and tear gas to help disperse the crowd.

The KKK was protesting the Charlottesville City Council’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a public park. A court injunction has put the statue’s removal on hold until a November hearing.

The Lee statue was vandalized Friday night, and it was the site of a May rally with “alt-right” racist Richard Spencer, who held a vigil there to protest the statue’s removal.

Several white nationalist groups are planning another rally for Aug. 12.

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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