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Fury mounts over KKK fliers on 50th anniversary of march

By Ryan Hughes, Reporter, RHughes@wfmz.com
Published On: Aug 28 2013 05:00:26 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 28 2013 05:21:24 PM CDT

Residents are furious over Ku Klux Klan fliers being distributed on the 50th anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech.

KUTZTOWN, Pa. -

Wednesday marked 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous, "I Have a Dream" speech.

Tens of thousands of people celebrated those words in the nation's capital, but closer to home, signs of negativity cast a shadow on the anniversary.

A bell was rung on the campus of Kutztown University at 3 p.m. marking the monumental moment in history. It was a significant step in the civil rights movement in America, but a dark cloud hung over the historical anniversary in Berks County.

Tilden Township Police are investigating after fliers from the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were distributed along Mountain Road.

"It's terrible, there's no room for it in America," said Bob Moyer, who lives in the township.

 "It's really disappointing, I can't believe somebody did that," said Donna Karpenko.

 According to police, about a dozen fliers were placed in plastic bags Tuesday, and left in people's driveways.

"I guess it's one of those things everyone can have their own opinion and do and think what they want, but it's nothing here anyone had any interest in," said Stacey Gantert, who received the flier.

On Wednesday, students and staff at Kutztown University honored King with, "A Celebration of Remembrance."

"I am a product of his speech," said Dr. Ellesia Blaque, assistant professor of Africana and Ethnic American Literature.

Blaque said it was troubling to still see material like that being distributed. She said our country has come a long way but there is more work to be done.

 "The civil rights movement is for all Americans, not just black Americans, and that is keeping with the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.," said Blaque.

 A spokesman for the KKK said the fliers are circulated across the country and the group still has a presence across Pennsylvania.