Local leaders of the Ku Klux Klan and the NAACP had a face-to-face meeting in Casper, Wyo. on Saturday, which is believed to be the first time the two groups have ever met peacefully.
Jimmy Simmons, president of the Casper branch of the NAACP, reached out to John Abarr of the KKK group United Klan’s of America in June to try to organize the meeting,according to the Casper Star-Tribune, which first reported the story.
The meeting was postponed until numerous ground rules were set, such as agreeing to meet under heavy security. The meeting was organized so the two groups could discuss a recent wave of violence against black men in the area as well asKKK pamphletsthat had recently been distributed in the area.
Simmons, who described his NAACP chapter to Al Jazeera as “about 50 members” in a “remote” area in Wyoming, organized the meeting between the two groups and said the national NAACP office was aware of it.
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