MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Around 15 to 20 members of the Alabama and Georgia chapters of the Ku Klux Klan showed up in downtown Montgomery on Wednesday during the 50th anniversary celebration of the Selma to Montgomery March.
Two of the members, were dressed in uniforms that they referred to as "BDUs", or Battle Dress Uniforms, but the rest were dressed in normal street clothes. The two members, who were dressed in uniform, referred to themselves as high ranking officers, and said they were responsible for the fliers that were distributed at the Capitol on Wednesday and the ones that have been found at different communities all over Alabama.
The two members did not give a clear reason why they were at the celebration on Wednesday, but did say that they were exercising their freedom of speech rights and wanted to make friends. They said they are not a hate group and want the "racial hatred" to end and people to drop the "race card".
Fliers promoting the KKK were left on vehicles and street signs overnight in downtown Montgomery in advance of the reenactment of the Selma-to-Montgomery Voting Rights March.
The filers appear to be similar, if not identical, to the ones distributed in some neighborhoods in Selma on March 8, prior to the Bloody Sunday commemoration there.
According to a viewer, the fliers are also being thrown from a white van into yards in a neighborhood near Alabama State University.
The fliers, identifying the Loyal White Knights of the KKK, make statements about crime relative to race and solicit membership in the KKK.
Many were attached to plastic bags containing small rocks and left on news vehicles around the State Capitol. Others were hanging from street signs near the Capitol.