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Civil rights leaders to governor: No MLK presence on Stone Mountain

ATLANTA -- Civil Rights leaders met with Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday to say they’re adamantly against any plans to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Stone Mountain.
The presidents of the Atlanta and NAACP chapters and the head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) met with the Governor for about an hour, then spoke with the press.
The group asked for the meeting after reports earlier this week that the Stone Mountain Memorial Association wants to put a replica of the liberty bell atop Stone Mountain and call it the “Freedom Bell”.
The plan is to include the words from Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech – “Let Freedom Ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia”.

"They were traitors. They were treasonous,"  said Richard Rose, President of the Atlanta Chapter of the NAACP. "They tried to overthrow this government, No, we will never, ever agree to any aspect of Dr. King going to Stone Mountain among the confederacy t confederacy for once and for all should be buried in history in a museum."
“The goal has always been to end the confederacy,” said Charles Steele, National President of the SCLC “To end the symbols which perpetuate hate and violent acts against innocent African American men and women all over this nation.”
The Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) is also against the adding any tribute to Dr. King to Stone Mountain.
The SCV issued a statement blasted the proposal for the Freedom Bell and called it “akin to the state flying a Confederate battle flag atop the King Center in Atlanta against the wishes of King supporters.  Both would be altogether inappropriate and disrespectful acts, repugnant to Christian people.”


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