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Roxboro residents pray for unity after KKK parade

Posted December 6, 2016

— With many still shaken after a KKK caravan passed through Roxboro on Saturday, community members held a vigil Tuesday night to pray for peace and unity.

Everyone was welcome at the New Mount Zion Baptist Church to share a hug and share their worries after the KKK passed through the city.

“This is a family community where we love one another and we give each other the benefit of the doubt and you judge people by the content of their hearts, not their outward appearance,” said Pastor Glen Newsome Jr.

The Klan paraded in about 20 vehicles through Roxboro on Saturday afternoon, waving Confederate flags as they purportedly celebrated Donald Trump's election as president.

Police Chief David Hess and Mayor Merilyn Newell, along with many others in the community, said the message the KKK spreads has no place in Person County.

“And that’s the message we are sending here tonight; regardless of what comes into our community that is unwanted, unplanned, unexpected, this is how I hope we will always respond,” said Newell

Many at Tuesday’s vigil said they are saddened by what they see as a hateful message spread by the KKK.

“I object to their message because Jesus died for everyone, not just the people that we like, and that love on the cross trumps anything at all,” said Newsome.

Attendees were also hopeful that change will come and hope it begins with the vigil.

“I think everybody need to come together as one. With the march, they’re trying to separate themselves to me,” said attendee Vicky Coleman. “But if everybody just come together as one, it’ll be about a nation.”

The New Mount Zion Baptist Church will host a discussion on race relations in Roxboro Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. The event is open to the public.



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  • Randall Lamm Dec 7, 2016
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    You are only trying to squeeze one more day out of a nothing story.
    They only have power when you give it to them.

  • Sheila Moore Dec 7, 2016
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    20 cars drove through town. They didn't stop, didn't even slow down. Most people wouldn't have noticed without the press making a big deal of it.

  • Larry Price Dec 7, 2016
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    guess the parade organizers got a little thrown off when the guest of honor, the leader of the kkk from California, got in a knife fight at a kkk meeting in Caswell county just before the parade and got locked up on assault charges.

  • Buster Brown Dec 7, 2016
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    Oh come on people--get a grip. The kkk drove through town--didnt stop to slap their soup coolers, make any threats, none of the carp they are famous for. They came in one side, drove through and went out the other side. Big deal. I bet that if the media had not been there to publicize their action, most people would not have known they were there, and would have cared less.

  • Dan Wilder Dec 7, 2016
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    The KKK is a "has been" organization. They no longer have any real power. Best thing to do is to just ignore them, as long as all they do is talk. They will just spout off and go away. You only make them feel empowered if you get upset.