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Interfaith service unites community against hate after KKK fliers found in Loudoun County

The event was held to counter KKK propaganda fliers left in Leesburg, Purcellville and Round Hill neighborhoods since October 2017. (ABC7)

More than 100 people gathered Saturday night at an interfaith service hosted by First Mount of Olive Baptist Church in Leesburg.

The event was held to counter KKK propaganda fliers left in Leesburg, Purcellville and Round Hill neighborhoods since October 2017.

“We actually drove out from Arlington so we could be here. It's just a great way to bridge all the different faiths, through music,” said Maggie Flynn, sitting next to her family.

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Leesburg Town Council member Ron Campbell recalled the fliers, depicting disparaging and false statements about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"It actually happened in my community where I live, in Potomac Station," Campbell said. "My neighbor, one of those fliers was left in his driveway, called me and came over. We talked about outrage that somebody would have the courage, under cover of darkness, that false courage, to really think that this could work."

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The FBI also has joined local police in trying to find out who left the racist fliers. But if those leaflets were meant to divide black from white, it appeared to accomplish the opposite at the place of worship.

“We had to do something about it," Flynn said. "Sometimes you don’t know what to say, but you just show up and you listen."

Said Campbell, “We weren't going to be silent about it or dismiss it. This is a result of that energy as a community."

Loudoun Interfaith Bridges plans to hold an event “Living Room Conversations: Race and Ethnicity” at Crossroads United Methodist Church in Ashburn, Virginia on April 22. For more information, go to loudouninterfaithbridges.org.

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