KKK, New Black Panther Party plan simultaneous SC rallies

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Two groups representing the Ku Klux Klan and the New Black Panther Party plan to rally at the South Carolina capitol Saturday in spite of the fact that the Confederate battle flag has been brought down there.

Members of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, from Pelham, N.C., and the Black Educators for Justice - a group run by the former director of the Black Panther Party, James Evan Muhammad - plan to demonstrate on the north side of the capitol, The State reported.

At one point during the gathering, the groups' demonstrations will overlap, from 3 to 4 p.m. Up to 200 people are planned for the KKK rally from 3 to 5 p.m. Up to 300 people will rally with the Black Educators for Justice from noon to 4 p.m.

Muhammad said his group's demonstration will not interfere with the KKK, even though the two groups will share the same side of the capitol. The State reported that the Black Educators for Justice applied for their permit to demonstrate 10 days after the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

The planned rallies will follow what appears to be a recruitment effort in a North Charleston neighborhood. Residents there report seeing two pick-up trucks with Confederate flags waving in the back driving in and out of their neighborhood.

The fliers showed up less than three weeks after nine people were shot to death by Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old South Carolina man with ties to the white supremacist movement.