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Council Of Conservative Citizens Plans Annual Conference In Nashville

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Posted at 10:01 PM, Aug 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-08 04:43:41-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A white supremacist group tied to the deadly Charleston shooting has planned to hold its annual conference this weekend in Nashville.

The Southern Poverty Law Center said the group called "The Council of Conservative Citizens" has been set to meet this Friday and Saturday in Nashville.

The agenda was set to feature several speakers, including the group's president.

Dylann Roof, the man charged with murdering nine black people at a Charleston church, said he had reviewed information on the group's website. The president of the group has denied they had any role in the shooting.

“It’s definitely the first public event since then,” said Heidi Beirich, Director of Intelligence Project at Southern Poverty Law Center. “They have not made a lot of effort to talk to the public or publish things on website since shooting, and they didn't want this to be public. They only reported it internally to members of the group.”

NewsChannel 5 reached out to the Council, but they did not answer our calls.

The group's website also said they held a conference in Nashville three years ago at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.