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The Nation

Sixteen members of the Christian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan chanted: “White power for America” as they marched through Philadelphia, Miss., the town portrayed in the movie “Mississippi Burning.” About 100 people watched, and only a handful of hecklers, some of them white, shouted at the white supremacists. The grand dragon for Mississippi, Jordan Gollub, said Philadelphia was chosen for what was billed as a klan recruitment rally because of its portrayal in the movie. The film, which received seven Oscar nominations, is loosely based on the 1964 slayings of three civil rights workers whose bodies were found in an earthen dam near Philadelphia.


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