Communities draw together against KKK

December 03, 1993|By Staff Report

October's Ku Klux Klan rally in West River left a mark on South County, though not the one Klan leaders would expect.

About 100 performers from 10 southern Anne Arundel County churches will sing Christmas carols and gospel hymns at a community gathering set for 7 p.m. Monday at the St. James Church of Lothian in Tracy's Landing.

Peggy Burroughs, a board member of the West River Federation and one of the event's organizers, said the evening was planned as a way of expressing community solidarity following the rally Oct. 23.

Several churches held prayer services and candlelight vigils the evening of the rally.

The anti-Klan response was so remarkable that the community decided to follow with another, larger activity, she said.

The Klan "actually did us a good favor," Ms. Burroughs said. "There was such an outpouring in the community."

Admission to the event, sponsored by the West River Federation, is free. Refreshments will be served.

The evening will feature church vocal and bell choirs, and conclude with a sing-along.

"It is the Christmas season and a time of fellowship," Ms. Burroughs said.

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