Students, faculty members and Lawrence residents gathered in front of Kansas University's Wescoe Hall at noon Friday awaiting the arrival of what was rumored to be a white supremacist group.
The group didn't show up but a crowd estimated by Kansas University Police at about 125 showed up to protest something called the Conservative Christian Crusade. Officials said it's not certain the group even exists.
A flier recently had been circulated around Lawrence and on the KU campus advertising a rally organized by the CCC. Along with the rally announcement, the flier also had Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi symbols, a Kansas University Police spokeswoman said this morning.
Ann Wieck, the chair of the Lawrence Alliance, a city commission-appointed group that works to fight discrimination, talked to the crowd.
Weick, who also is dean of KU's School of Social Welfare, spoke to the crowd about what she called the hatred and fear that groups like the CCC represent.
Wieck said she thought society had learned its lessons about prejudice and discrimination during the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
"Clearly we have to go back and learn those lessons all over again," she said.
Wieck said that members of society must work together to fight discrimination.
"It is in the country, it is in this community," Wieck said.