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Dayton Community Groups Hosting Alternative Events During KKK Rally

In this Saturday, April 23, 2016 photo, members of the Ku Klux Klan participate in a "white pride" rally in Rome, Ga.
John Bazemore
Associated Press
In this Saturday, April 23, 2016 photo, members of the Ku Klux Klan participate in a "white pride" rally in Rome, Ga.

Dayton activists have organized a number of events this Saturday for residents planning to stay away from Courthouse Square during a planned rally by an Indiana-based KKK group. 

The Dayton Unit NAACP is sponsoring two events in response to the rally, which is organized by the Honorable Sacred Knights of Indiana. On Saturday, the group is holding what it calls a "family-friendly community celebration of love, peace, unity, and diversity" at McIntosh Park in Dayton. The event runs from 1 to 3 p.m. and includes speakers and live music. 

The group also organized a "cleansing of the square" from 2-4 p.m on Sunday. The public is invited to come together to “wash away the hate” at Courthouse Square after the rally.

Love Fest DYT, a block party style event organized by a Dayton resident, will be held on Saturday from 1-5 p.m. The event at Oak and Ivy Park features live performances, food trucks, and a DJ. And the Neon movie theater is hosting a free screening of the film “Loving” on Saturday at noon. The movie follows the story of an interracial couple fighting for their legal right to marry.

These events and other local initiatives are part of Dayton United Against Hate, a grassroots movement formed in reaction to the rally. For more information on alternative events, road closures, and transit changes related to Saturday’s rally, visit the city website.

April Laissle is a graduate of Ohio University and comes to WYSO from WOUB Public Media in Athens, Ohio where she worked as a weekend host and reporter. There, she reported on everything from food insecurity to 4-H chicken competitions. April interned at KQED Public Radio in San Francisco, where she focused on health reporting. She also worked on The Broad Experience, a New-York based podcast about women and workplace issues. In her spare time, April loves traveling, trying new recipes and binge-listening to podcasts. April is a Florida native and has been adjusting to Ohio weather since 2011.