The Ku Klux Klan will hold a rally in Cheyenne in January to protest the Martin Luther King Day, the group's national director has announced.

Thomas Robb said his group will rally on the steps of the Capitol on Jan. 15, shortly after the Love and Charity Club's annual Martin Luther King march to the Capitol.Robb said the rally, to begin at 3 p.m., is being held in response to requests from people in Wyoming and northern Colorado. He noted that the Klan has held rallies in the past in Denver and Boulder.

Some 10 to 15 Klan members will attend the rally, where they will display signs and banners and make speeches.

Gov. Jim Geringer said the group is not welcome but added officials cannot prevent Klan members from exercising their rights to free speech.

"My message to them is the people of Wyoming won't support them and they're just not welcome here," he said.

Geringer, who as a legislator supported the law that created the Martin Luther King Day in Wyoming, said he had planned to join a march in King's honor in Casper.

However, the Republican said he may change his plans if the situation in Cheyenne becomes volatile.

Robb said Geringer's statements are not typical of political officials.

"I think that white people are being discriminated against," he said. "We are becoming the new minority. Time magazine reported that white people will be a minority in less than 50 years."

The government has turned its back on American workers through measures such as the North American Free Trade Agreement, Robb said.

The King march usually attracts 200 to 300 people.