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On Monday, Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia held what at times was a noisy town hall meeting at Kennesaw State University.  

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Isakson drew cheers when he began with remarks condemning the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacists. But he got more questions -- and occasional shouted criticism -- on health care than on any other single subject.

Members of the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi said they're heading to Douglas County this weekend. It's to protest a judge's prison sentence for two people there this week.

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Kayla Norton and Jose Torres will each serve several years in prison for disrupting a black child's birthday party in 2015. They made armed threats, said racial slurs and waved the Confederate battle flag.

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In his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, Martin Luther King Jr. lists places around the country, from California to Colorado, saying to “let freedom ring” from each location. Halfway through, to the cheers of the crowd, he includes “Stone Mountain of Georgia.”

As many in the audience would have understood, the inclusion came with a footnote. For much of the 20th century, Stone Mountain was the symbol of the Ku Klux Klan.

The organization, in its most insidious form, was reborn there one hundred years ago.

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A group photo of the first Supreme Convention of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association held in Atlanta
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If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 93 years from this past Sunday to 1922, we'd witness the creation of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association by a group of citizens of Greek descent. 

As Georgia State University associate professor of history Dr. Clifford Kuhn explains, AHEPA, as it came to be known, was founded in reaction to the widespread xenophobia sweeping the South and the nation following World War I.

Recently, fliers from the Ku Klux Klan passed out in several Atlanta neighborhoods have been causing a stir.

Residents found the fliers on their cars.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports an official with the KKK confirmed it was from a North Carolina chapter.

The fliers reportedly were passed out in the Candler Park and Cabbagetown neighborhoods.

The messaging indicated crime statistics involving blacks as perpetrators.

Atlanta wasn’t specifically targeted, but instead it’s part of a national initiative to recruit potential new members.