Sun Jul 24 21:32:23 PDT 2016
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Rally eve service draws allegations of racism in Dothan
Ken Curtis

A crowd of about 60 people gathered Friday night in Dothan for a prayer and preparatory service on the eve of a march dubbed “Coming Together for Justice.” Spearheaded by the Alabama N.A.A.C.P., the weekend event is aimed at drawing attention to what some call inequality treatment of minorities. “We pick up that torch that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. left us because this is a human issue,” said Patricia Mokolo. She serves as communication chair of the state organization. Among others who spoke was Chrycynthia Davis whose son, Kharon, has spent the past nine years awaiting trial on capital murder charge. She said he’s been denied proper legal representation and mistreated by staff at the Houston County Jail. Dwight Baker told the crowd his brother, Keith Gray, was wrongly terminated in 2013 for serious violations of police department policy. Gray, a captain, later settled a federal lawsuit he brought against the city. Under the agreement, he is forbidden to speak about the incident. The march Saturday will travel from United New Jerusalem on Reeves Street to the Civic Center.

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