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NEWS
April 27, 2006
Their organizer probably doesn't realize it, but there's a great deal of irony in the fact that the Ku Klux Klan is planning a rally on the site of a battle that effectively ended the dream of a Confederate victory in the Civil War. They might as well hold a rally at the village of Appomattox Courthouse where Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered, but then the Klan is not reknowned for its historical scholars. If it were, the group might not have chosen Antietam National Battlefield for a June rally that Superintendent John Howard said had to be allowed under the free speech guarantees of the U.S. Constitution.
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by KAREN HANNA | April 26, 2006
SHARPSBURG The World Knights of the Ku Klux Klan has received permission to rally at Antietam National Battlefield in June, park superintendent John Howard said Tuesday. The U.S. Constitution is the basis for the permit that allows the white supremacist group to assemble June 10 at Mumma Farmstead, according to a copy of the document provided by the group's commander, Gordon Young. "We have a requirement to evaluate applications that are submitted under the First Amendment of the Constitution," Howard said.
NEWS
by TIM ROWLAND | June 12, 2005
At any given time, there are likely to be a half dozen groups clamoring for press attention from the newspaper. It may be a civic club with a new fundraiser, a sewing club with a new quilt or an activist group with a new gripe. But space in a newspaper is a scarce commodity (although you wouldn't know it from reading Mallard Fillmore) so these groups almost always go home unhappy with the ink, if any, they are afforded. So what must they think when they see a front-page, above-the-fold, three deck headline trumpeting every last sneeze of the Ku Klux Klan?
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | June 8, 2005
andrews@herald-mail.com BOONSBORO - A Ku Klux Klan chapter has called off a rally planned for Shafer Memorial Park on July 9, Boonsboro Town Manager John Kendall said Tuesday. It was not known, however, if the local chapter of the World Knights of the Ku Klux Klan expects to reschedule the rally. Gordon Young, the World Knights' imperial wizard, did not return three messages Tuesday. Kendall said Young announced the change in a letter that reached Town Hall on Tuesday.
NEWS
May 27, 2005
A year after its last rally failed to draw enough participants to fill a soccer mom's minivan, the Ku Klux Klan has announced that it will beat the dead horse of white supremacy once again, this time at a July 9 rally in Boonsboro. People of good will have already begun organizing counter-events, but we have to wonder: What would happen if everyone with an ounce of sense just decided to ignore the Klan rally? Klan members are entitled to expound on their views, no matter how much they may offend the rest of us, under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | May 26, 2005
BOONSBORO Almost a year after a white supremacy rally in Sharpsburg fizzled, a local Ku Klux Klan chapter is trying again in July - this time in Boonsboro. An organizer of a South Mountain tolerance group said there might be peaceful alternative events at the same time, just like last year. Word that the World Knights of the Ku Klux Klan is holding another rally this year - July 9 at 2 p.m. at Shafer Memorial Park - is just getting out. The Washington County Sheriff's Department, which might provide at least part of the event security, learned Monday, Capt.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | May 26, 2005
HAGERSTOWN A member of a local Ku Klux Klan chapter probably wrote an anti-black hate letter to a Hagerstown organization in January, the chapter leader said Wednesday. Gordon Young, the imperial wizard of the World Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, said Wednesday he's "70 percent sure" a chapter member sent a hate letter to the Martin Luther King Community Center in Hagerstown. Brothers United Who Dare to Care, a black community group, has its office at the center. The end of the letter says, "KKK will again cleanse this town of its filth.
NEWS
by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | September 10, 2004
gregs@herald-mail.com On the heels of a Ku Klux Klan march two weeks ago in Sharpsburg that drew as many police as bystanders, Klan members are planning more local activity, the leader of an interstate Klan organization based in Sharpsburg said Thursday. Klan members today will drop off literature and applications to join the Klan in Sharpsburg, said Gordan Young, imperial wizard of the World Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Young said he has been discussing with other groups plans to hold another rally in Maryland before the end of the year, either in Allegany County or in Washington County.
NEWS
August 13, 2004
In his book "Hooded Americanism: The History of the Ku Klux Klan," historian David Chalmers says that the Klan was founded in 1866 to oppose Republican state governments in the post-Civil War South. Chalmers and others note that after it first burst onto the scene, there were two subsequent revivals of Klan activity. Ironically, the last, during the 1960s, spurred passage of much civil rights legislation. In fact, although the Klan has inspired fear among many, its views have never won over a majority of the American people.
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by JULIE E. GREENE | August 3, 2004
julieg@herald-mail.com SHARPSBURG -A fence and police will be the barriers used to prevent any potential riots from occurring at an Aug. 28 rally the Ku Klux Klan is planning at a town park, Sharpsburg Town Attorney Charles Wagaman said at Monday night's mayor and Town Council meeting. Gordon Young, imperial wizard for the World Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, asked Wagaman about parking and barrier issues at Monday's meeting because he said he was unable to reach Wagaman twice by phone.
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