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Speaker Shares Insight into Racism and KKK

Daryl Davis with a robe and hood given to him by a former Klan member.
Daryl Davis with a robe and hood given to him by a former Klan member.
2/3/2012 —

Author and speaker Daryl Davis captivated the audience in Hiller Auditorium Wednesday evening.  His program, Klan-Destine Relationships, provides an overview of his book by the same name. It delves deep into the Ku Klux Klan, and provides a real and up-close look at racism in America.


An African-American male, Davis says he has, "come in closer contact with members of the Ku Klux Klan than most white non-members and certainly most blacks, short of being on the wrong end of a rope."  He also continues to do so, making him one of the most unique lecturers on the college speaking circuit today.


Over the last ten years, Davis has done such things as set up surprise meetings with Klan leaders unaware of his skin color, and attended KKK rallies, all on a quest to do nothing more than explore racism and gather information for his book.  Through it all, Davis eventually became the recipient of robes and hoods from Klan members who came to him to rescind their beliefs, and inadvertently stumbled upon a successful method of forming friendships between sworn enemies.


"I was really intrigued.  He taught me so much that I never knew before about how African Americans have been treated," said student Adam Snyder of Brockway who attended the program.  Though Snyder said the program revealed shocking cruelties about racism, he believes Davis provides a positive message in the end.  Snyder said, "He teaches all the reasons bigotry and racism shouldn't be part of anyone's life." 

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