From Staff Reports
CUMBERLAND — Community members who are opposed to the Ku Klux Klan rally planned for Saturday from noon to 1:30 p.m. will meet at Canal Place in the area of the stage, according to the Rev. Alfred Deas of Metropolitan AME Church.
The KKK event is being staged by the Traditional Rebel Knights located in Braddock Heights near Frederick. It will be held at the same time in front of the courthouse on Washington Street.
Valerie Lashley, president of Allegany County Branch 7007 of the NAACP, issued the following statement Friday regarding the KKK rally:
“Allegany County is a peaceful and welcoming community that respects the diversity of our residents. The Allegany County NAACP appreciates the statements of so many of our neighbors decrying the motives of this group of outside agitators. It is clear that the vast majority of Allegany County’s residents find the Ku Klux Klan to be an abhorrent organization.
“We, the residents, community organizations and government officials will continue to work together to cast out hate, bias and prejudice. We encourage anyone who feels threatened because of their race, color or religion to report their concerns to local police and contact the NAACP at email@example.com.”