Ku Klux Klan leaflets spur plans for Ellicott City peace demonstration

February 02, 1999|By Alice Lukens | Alice Lukens,SUN STAFF

In response to Ku Klux Klan leaflets that have been distributed throughout Ellicott City for the past five or six weeks, an Annapolis-based coalition of churches and peace groups is planning to visit Main Street Sunday to promote unity and equality.

Ten to 20 members of the Unity Now Coalition will visit Main Street between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to hold signs and pass out leaflets promoting peace, said George Law, an organizer.

"We don't feel there's a whole lot of room for such a degree of hatred in this day and age in this society," said Law, a member of Unity-by-the-Bay in Severna Park, a nondenominational church. "We believe in total equality."

Sgt. Morris Carroll, spokesman for the Howard County Police Department, said people began distributing Ku Klux Klan recruiting fliers in Ellicott City several months ago. He said most of the activity takes place at night, when the papers are put on lawns or under the windshields of cars.

He said Klan organizers have told police they plan to pass out several thousand leaflets.

Although the First Amendment protects the Klan supporters, Carroll said, the police keep track of such activity because some consider it a form of "hate bias."

"We tell people there's nothing we can do about it," he said.

Pub Date: 2/02/99

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