Officials at a social justice center that trained the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders say a white power symbol was spray painted near the site of a fire that destroyed a building there.

The Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee, posted a news release Tuesday saying the symbol was found Friday, painted in a parking lot connected to the main office.

That office burned down Friday morning, destroying several decades of archives. It was one of 10 buildings on the center’s rural property.

The release notes that “that the white power movement has been increasing and consolidating power across the South, across this nation, and globally.”

The center has trained labor organizers and civil-rights leaders including King and Rosa Parks since 1932.


Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel,


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