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Infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan

February 3, 2012
by Melinda Swenson

In connection with Black History Month at Colorado State, the University has invited author and race relations expert Daryl Davis to speak on campus about his extraordinary journey into the heart of the institutions of the Ku Klux Klan.

Davis' impassioned talks are characterized by amusing andecdotes and tales of exciting encounters.

Thursday, February 9
7-9 p.m.
Cherokee Park Ballroom
Lory Student Center

Encountering racism

Daryl Davis, the son of a United States diplomat, first encountered racism when he was seven-years-old.

"A white diplomat was at a cocktail party at our house," Davis said. "I saw him shake the hand of an Ethiopian official.

"Then, with me following unnoticed, he surreptitiously walked over to the other side of the room keeping his hand behind his back. As I watched...he wiped his right hand on his pant leg."

In his second encounter with racial prejudice, Davis was pelted with rocks when he participated as a cub scout in a parade in his Massachussetts community. The attack most probably came from Ku Klux Klan members.

These early experiences and a need to understand the hatred engendered by the Ku Klux Klan, propelled Davis on a journey to find out why, "to them, because of the color of my skin, I am the enemy."

Klu Klux Klan intiation ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia, 1948.Infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan

Daryl Davis became a race relations expert and went on to carry out a personal campaign of confronting racial prejudice and hatred.

His book, Klan-Destine Relationships, and his work in race relations has received acclaim from many respected sources, including CNN, CNBC, Good Morning American, The Learning Channel, and National Public Radio.

Davis inadvertently discovered a method that inspired and formed friendships between sworn enemies. He came into closer contact with members of the Ku Klux Klan than most white non-members and certainly most blacks.

Provoking thought, discussion

In his talk at CSU, Davis will relate compelling stories of how he set up surprise meetings with Klan leaders who were unaware of his skin color and of his attending KKK rallies. "I have Klan robes and hoods hanging in my closet, given to me voluntarily by members who quit the Klan since coming to know me," he says.

Join us for this insightful and entertaining journey as Daryl Davis shares his story and findings after infiltrating a Ku Klux Klan society. Davis captivates his audiences with his sincere and open approach on the concerning topic, and empowers people to confront their prejudices and overcome their fears.

His lecture on his endeavors is not one to be missed because the insight gained from his lecture could potentially be life changing!


Contact: Sharmayne Syas
E-mail: sharmayne.syas@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-5781