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Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Responds to Confederacy Proclamation in Fayette County, Georgia

For Immediate Release April 24, 2018

Washington, DC – The Fayette County Board of Commissioners is meeting today, April 24, 2018, to consider adopting a proclamation naming April as “Confederate History Month” and April 26th as “Confederate Memorial Day.” Officials are undertaking this proposal just days after a large neo-Nazi rally was held in neighboring Cowetta County over the weekend in the City of Newnan.

Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law issued the following statement: “We are gravely concerned that officials in Fayette County, Georgia would undertake action that will undoubtedly prove racially divisive and polarizing. That officials would pursue this proclamation just days after a neo-Nazi rally was held in neighboring Cowetta County is deeply troubling. By undertaking action to declare the month of April Confederate History Month, Fayette County officials demonstrate a willingness to drag the county back into the Jim Crow era with a one-sided focus on history that glamorizes the Confederacy while ignoring its ties to slavery, death and terror.  At a time when racial polarization and hate are on the rise, officials should be working to build community cohesion instead of taking action that is so indisputably racially charged.”

About The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The Lawyers' Committee, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The Lawyers' Committee celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 as it continued its quest of "Moving America Toward Justice." The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and fair lending, community development, employment, voting, education and environmental justice.

For more information about the Lawyers' Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

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