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Klan Activity Up Throughout South

Date: November 4, 1979

Author: Brent Hackney

Biographical/Historical abstract: Brent Hackney was a Greensboro Daily News staff writer who covered the Novemeber 3, 1979 Death to the Klan march that took place in Greensboro and left five of the protesters dead.

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Description: In this November 4, 1979, article from the Greensboro Daily News, staff writer Brent Hackney reports on the rise of Ku Klux Klan (KKK) activity in the south in the face of the November 3, 1979, Death to the Klan rally, at which five members if the Communist Workers Party (CWP) were killed. Hackney notes the the incident was the worst such event in the United States since the 1960s. He provides a short history of KKK activity, noting that Winston-Salem has been the center in recent years, and then provides some background on the tension between the CWP and the KKK. Gorrell Pierce, leader of one local KKK faction, stated that none of his members were involved in the shootings and mentioned that his group had splintered off from one headed by Joe Grady, another leader. Both had been targeted in the CWP's Death to the Klan flyers.

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Format of original: Newspaper Clippings

Collection: Miscellaneous Collection - J.A. Armfield Papers

Repository: Greensboro Historical Museum

Item#: 9.69.1233

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