For the second year in a row, Loudoun residents have woken to find Ku Klux Klan flyers the day before Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The Loudoun Chapter of the NAACP sent out a statement about the flyers this morning, and local officials affirmed Monday's MLK March in Leesburg will go on as planned.
"While we understand the intent of the KKK is to terrorize, we refuse to give in to any grounds of progress and be distracted by their futile efforts. We will march forward together and work toward reconciliation and unity," the Loudoun NAACP said in a statement.
The NAACP also said it is working with Attorney General Mark Herring (D), Loudoun Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Phyllis Randall, the Leesburg Police Department and other elected offices to craft a hate crime ordinance that could make leafleting a prosecutable crime.
The Loudoun County observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day will begin with a 9 a.m. community dialogue with youth and elders at the lobby of the Douglass School.
A march will begin with a prayer at 10:15 a.m. at the Loudoun County Courthouse, and marchers will proceed to the Douglass School for refreshments and a program of entertainment and remembrance.
The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office investigated the reports of KKK propaganda fliers found in the front yards of homes along Charles Town Pike from Paeonian Springs to the West Virginia state line on Sunday.
LCSO deputies canvassed the area and found over 80 fliers. LCSO officials said there's no indication any households were targeted. The Leesburg Police Department investigated similar flyers found within town limits.
Recruitment flyers distributed last year and in the fall of 2017 were connected with an out-of-state cell of the KKK, officials previously confirmed.
LCSO asks that anyone with information about these cases, or with possible surveillance video, to please call LCSO Detective Hacay at 703-777-1021, or submit a tip through the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office app.
The Loudoun Sheriff app is available on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.