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GM Officials Meet with Group Protesting Kid Rock, Rebel Flag

This May 5, 2015 file photo shows musician Kid Rock performing during  National Concert Day in New York. Activists in Detroit trying to persuade Kid Rock to stop displaying the Confederate flag at concerts plan to meet this week with General Motors over the Chevrolet brand's sponsorship of the musician's summer tour. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File)
This May 5, 2015 file photo shows musician Kid Rock performing during National Concert Day in New York. Activists in Detroit trying to persuade Kid Rock to stop displaying the Confederate flag at concerts plan to meet this week with General Motors over the Chevrolet brand’s sponsorship of the musician’s summer tour. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File)

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors officials have met with the leader of a Detroit activist group that wants the automaker to cut financial ties with Kid Rock over the musician’s use of the Confederate flag.

GM spokesman Patrick Morrissey tells The Associated Press in an email that “a very constructive conversation” was held Thursday with the Rev. Charles Williams II. Williams called it “encouraging.”

Morrissey reiterated that GM will continue sponsoring Kid Rock’s summer concert series.

Williams and the National Action Network have protested the flag display during performances.

Kid Rock’s publicist told the Detroit Free Press that the rocker last used the flag on tour more than five years ago. Last week, Kid Rock emphatically dismissed critics’ concerns.

Williams is concerned that Rock still appears with the flag on social media.

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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