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KKK uses Selma anniversary to pass out fliers, recruit

The Klan's information was critical of immigration and of Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy.

By Ed Adamczyk
KKK uses Selma anniversary to pass out fliers, recruit
Thousands of marchers crowd the foot of the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge before crossing it to remember the violent clash between civil rights activists and police during the March on Selma 50 years ago in Selma, Alabama, March 8, 2015. Photo by David Tulis/UPI. | License Photo

SELMA , Ala., March 9 (UPI) -- The Selma, Ala., Ku Klux Klan used the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" to distribute 4,000 informational fliers to local homes and recruit new members.

Robert Jones, the Loyal White Knights of the KKK's Grand Dragon, said fliers were distributed to the doorsteps of random homes in the cities of Selma and Montgomery.

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"We pretty much put out fliers, some against King (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) and some against immigration. It's time for the American people to wake up to these falsehoods that they preach about MLK," Jones told the website of the Birmingham, Ala., News. He added the fliers could be regarded as recruitment tools, saying, "The Klan is out there and we are watching."

Selma was the site this weekend, of commemorations attended by President Barack Obama and other government officials, which honored the 1965 battle on a city bridge between civil rights protesters, led by King, and local police. The clash led to the passage, later that year, of the Voting Rights Act.

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Jones noted he had no objection to the anniversary ceremony, saying, "Everyone has a right to gather in this country. Freedom of speech." He added, though, he was frustrated by the show of support for King, who Jones called "a man they don't know about."

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