Montco to hold forum to discuss racist literature

Mike DeNardo
February 18, 2019 - 4:00 am
Image of a racist flier found in Montgomery County. Due to the language used, this image has been blurred.

Courtesy of Jennie Lawston


MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- A community forum is expected to take place Monday in Springfield, Montgomery County, after racist literature was found in several neighborhoods in the area.   

A few days after New Year's, Jennie Lawston walked outside her house on West Avenue in the McKinley section of Abington to find a sandwich bag near the road.  There was something weighing it down.

"It didn't have rice, it had like small pebbles, like maybe you would have in an aquarium," she said.

And then Lawston explained that she found another one.

"I also saw one in the driveway of my elderly neighbor's,” she said. “I went over there and picked his up.  And it was KKK literature. And I wasn't frightened, I was shocked. I was surprised.”

Similar incidents were reported in the Flourtown section of Springfield Township. 

Eddie T. Graham, the township's first African-American commissioner, has organized a diversity forum at 7 p.m. Monday at the township building, to talk about the literature and what can be done about it.