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NAACP plan rally against ‘Mockingbird’

The local chapter of the NAACP plans to “rally against the play” “To Kill A Mockingbird” on opening night Thursday, according to the organization’s executive director, the Rev. Kevin Chandler. Chandler said the organization has secured a permit from the Town of South Boston and reserved Constitution Square Thursday evening for the rally.

“We have reserved Constitution Square in the event we have to do that,” Chandler said, adding he plans to attend tonight’s joint meeting of the Halifax County Board of Supervisors and South Boston and Halifax town councils to make a presentation and speak against the play’s production.

“On Monday night I plan to speak publicly about the commonwealth’s attorney’s office because they’re the ones who are bringing this play to the community.

“I understand the Halifax County Little Theatre is not the one bringing this controversy and ugliness to our town,” he said.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Freshour is directing the play that has ignited a firestorm of controversy in the community because the play contains the use of the “n” word.

In the event that the play is not cancelled and the racial slur is not removed from the play’s dialogue, the NAACP chairman said he has several speakers lined up for the Thursday evening rally.

“Right now there’s a divide in the community, and we don’t want that. We are trying in some way to work things out,” Chandler said.

The event in Constitution Square is scheduled to get under way Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.