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Unity rally planned in response to Upstate KKK event

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Candles are lit at an Upstate event. (File/FOX Carolina) Candles are lit at an Upstate event. (File/FOX Carolina)

In response to a private Ku Klux Klan rally later in July, various groups have planned a Unity Rally Against Hatred in Greenville.

The rally will be held on Saturday, July 26 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Hughes Main Library at Heritage Green in downtown Greenville.

The event will feature different speakers, live music, candle lighting along with keynote speaker Lecia Brooks, outreach director for the Southern Poverty Law Center.

According to the event's Facebook page, it is in response to the upcoming KKK Rally in Abbeville on July 25-27.

"The Unity Rally Against Hatred is not only important to those who the KKK threatens, but to every person who wants the Upstate to be a safe, welcoming place for all people," said Ivy Hill, event co-chair. "Anyone who is willing to stand up and say they will not tolerate this hatred in our town is encouraged to join us."

The public event is hosted by members of as Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Gender Benders, Peace Congregational Church, UCC, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Clemson, Greenville Forward, Upstate Atheists, Piedmont Humanists, Upstate Pride, Pride of Greenville Men's Chorus and Rainbow Support Group.

FOX Carolina's Cody Alcorn corresponded with the man who claims to be the head of the Klan, Charles Murray, who is listed as the Imperial Wizard of the New Empire Knights. He would only respond by email regarding the July event. Read their correspondence here.

Recently in Oconee County, a Seneca family said KKK recruitment flyers were left in driveways along with bags of candy.

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