White supremacy conference still coming to the Mid-South

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Mississippi hotel kicked them out, but Action News 5 has learned a white supremacy group will still come to Memphis this weekend.

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke says on his website that he and his followers are still coming.

In a news release Tuesday, management the Whispering Woods Hotel in Olive Branch - where the white supremacy conference was to be held - said the meeting had been canceled. But Duke says members will be in town anyway, and the group will meet regardless.

"We're going to meet in Memphis," Duke says in an audio message on his website. "We're going to find a place to meet."

The remarks were part of a half-hour radio show broadcast on his website Tuesday evening.

"We're not going to simply roll over and play dead and say, 'Okay, take away our rights.' We're going to struggle and fight for our rights and our heritage," Duke says.

When news of the conference initially spread, the Whispering Woods Hotel came under fire from the NAACP and the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center.

Duke said EURO fights to preserve European heritage, and that it plans to sue the hotel for breaching their contract. Duke added EURO will hold its conference somewhere in Memphis this weekend regardless.

"Those of you ready to come, we're going to see you there. We're going to meet. And we may have one of the best, most spiritual, and powerful gatherings of our people," he said.

EURO is not releasing the meeting time or location.  Instead, the organization is asking registered participants to come to Memphis, and then contact EURO for the necessary information.

During his radio broadcast, Duke said he would hold a press conference, but we have not gotten word of one yet.

Action News 5's attempts to contact Duke through his headquarters Wednesday were unsuccessful.

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