A confederation of seven Ku Klux Klan groups formed this weekend in Stone Mountain, Ga., is planning a Nov. 6 march and rally in Washington, Klan officials said.
"We're planning on having a rally in the capital and we've got our people up there working on permits," said Stanley McCollum, director of the national office of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Tuscumbia, Ala.
The Klan, like all groups wishing to hold rallies in D.C. park areas, must apply for a permit from the National Park Service. Park Service spokesman Duncan Morrow said, however, that the Klan has not approached the agency. Park Service officials said the Klan would be denied a permit only if the demonstration "presents a clear and present danger to the community."
Klan Grand Wizard Don Black said in Tuscumbia he could not predict the turnout at the planned Washington demonstration, but said it would be the largest in recent years. McCollum said Klan members would march in white hoods and robes.
Although there has been Klan activity in Maryland and Virginia in the past decade, the last major Klan demonstration in Washington was a highly publicized march down Pennsylvania Avenue in 1926.
Black cited Lafayette Square and the Washington Monument as possible sites. He said the demonstration, scheduled for the first weekend after the Nov. 2 elections, was to "maintain a closer liaison with federal lawmakers and all levels of government."
The Rev. Edward Hailes, president of the D.C. branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said the organization would stage a nonviolent counterdemonstration in the event that the Klan rally materializes. He said the NAACP "will not be intimidated by people like that."