A group of Charlotte clergy and community activists are organizing a “March for Love” on Saturday to counter a Ku Klux Klan march planned elsewhere in North Carolina on the same day.
The Charlotte march is scheduled for noon Saturday at Marshall Park “to celebrate the values our state holds dear, including love, unity, compassion and hope,” organizers said in announcing the event.
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After a brief program of poetry, song and prayer, the gathering will march to three nearby monuments that symbolize love over hate: the Holocaust Memorial, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and the Mahatma Gandhi statue.
Participants are encouraged to leave flowers at the foot of each monument.
No location has been announced for the KKK march.
Elsewhere in response to the KKK rally, Durham and Hillsborough residents who belong to the Showing Up for Racial Justice network have organized a pledge drive to benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center. For each minute of the KKK rally, contributors are asked to pledge $1 or any other amount to the center.
Staff Writer Mark Price contributed.