Author Daryl Davis will speak on the UTC campus on Wednesday, February
12 at 8 p.m. in the former New Monumental Church building located
across from Brown Academy on 8th Street, one block south of McCallie
He is not white. He's not even light-skinned. Make no mistake about
it, he is black. Daryl Davis, author of the book Klan-Destine Relationships
has come in closer contact with members of the Ku Klux Klan than
most white non-members and certainly most blacks. And the relationship
continues, making Davis one of the most unique lecturers on the
college speaking circuit today.
Over the last ten years, Daryl Davis has walked on the edge with
one foot dangling over the precipice. His stories of setting up
surprise meetings with Klan leaders unaware of his skin color and
attending KKK rallies has the suspense of a Hitchcock tale, keeping
On a quest to do nothing more than explore racism and gather information
for his book, Klan-Destine Relationships, Davis eventually became
the recipient of robes and hoods by Klan members who came to him
to rescind their beliefs. Davis had inadvertently stumbled upon
a successful method of forming friendships between sworn enemies.
His methods have made him the center of controversy. In some white
circles he has been deemed "politically incorrect" and
in some black circles he been called "Uncle Tom." Daryl
Davis often makes supporters out of his detractors by proving his
methods work and issuing this challenge: "I have Klan robes
and hoods hanging in my closet, given to me voluntarily by members
who have quit the Klan since coming to know me. That's what I've
done to improve race relations. How many robes and hoods have you
received as a result of your methods?"
Davis has earned his Bachelor of Music Degree from Howard University.
An accomplished blues and R&B musician, he performs regularly
with his own Daryl Davis Band. He has toured extensively with Muddy
Water's Legendary Blues Band and Chuck Berry, among others.
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