RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Hundreds gathered Saturday afternoon at Moore Square Park in downtown Raleigh for an event organized by the Triangle Unity May Day Coalition, a rally against the KKK and President-elect Donald Trump.
The Ku Klux Klan had said it would march in the Caswell County town of Pelham on Saturday, but apparently did not show up there. Instead they drove about 20 vehicles through Roxboro, according to officials.
The vehicles decorated with Loyal Knights of the KKK flags passed through Roxboro at about 3 p.m. as law enforcement blocked other roads so the group could “leave the city as fast as possible,” Roxboro Police Chief David Hess said in an email.
In Raleigh, people at Moore Square Park said they won’t tolerate a hate, racism and bigotry. The park was filled with diverse ethnic groups, all coming together with a strong message.
“Our message is not necessarily only that love trumps hate, but that justice and unity trumps hate. Standing up and directly denouncing hate is important as well,” Desmera Gatewood said, organizer from the Triangle Unity May Day Coalition.
Sue Kelly drove all the way from Kill Devil Hills at the Outer Banks for the rally.
“I go back to the 60s and we had a big impact in the streets. Peacefully being in the streets. That’s what we are for. We are going to stand up and make our voices heard against these cop killings, killings by cops and against other racist things that are ongoing in this country,” Kelly said.
The KKK drive-through in Roxboro lasted about five minutes and there were no bystanders, Chief Hess said.
“There is Unity in CommUNITY- and this CommUNITY knows how to show love over hate,” Hess added.