• KKK drops fliers in Mims park as NAACP gathers for meeting


    MIMS, Fla. - For the third time in two months, the Ku Klux Klan is recruiting in central Florida.

    Last month Channel 9 reported that fliers for the Klan were left at homes in New Smyrna Beach and Rockledge.

    Now, fliers have turned up at the Moore Memorial Park in Mims.

    Dozens of fliers were left in the parking lot Saturday afternoon.

    The fliers were dropped off just before members of the state NAACP arrived in Brevard County for an annual meeting.

    The fliers were each wrapped in a plastic bag with a rock tucked inside to keep the paper from blowing away.

    "I think that's their message they were trying to send, that they're still alive and well and they are right in our backyard, so to speak," said Bill Gary of the NAACP.

    The  fliers feature a hooded Klansman on the front and the website and phone number of a North Carolina group calling itself the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. They are identical to those that were distributed in a Volusia County neighborhood last month. At that time, KKK leader Robert Jones told Channel 9's Ryan Hughes the fliers were aimed at recruiting new members, not frightening anyone.

    "You say this was a recruiting effort; however, your group targeted a predominantly black neighborhood," Hughes told Jones.

    "Well, we don't have no way of judging where we're putting the fliers at," Jones said.

    The Mims park where the fliers were mostly recently distributed is named for a civil rights activists Harry T. Moore and his wife Harriette V. Moore.

    And now, the fliers have shown up at a well-publicized meeting of the NAACP, held in a community center at a park named for a civil rights pioneer.

    The flyers were also left in driveways on Freedom Avenue.

    NAACP representatives said the flyers were all collected and will be thrown away.

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