Article – “Daryl Davis, Understanding the KKK”

Jan 2, 2024

In the 1980s, musician Daryl Davis set out to understand the Ku Klux Klan. So he started befriending members at Klan rallies and joined an all-white country band. Then, he met Imperial Wizard Roger Kelly. Davis spent years building a relationship with Kelly, establishing trust and, eventually, a friendship.

They ate meals at each others’ homes while Davis listened to Kelly, seeking to see how he could hate a person like Davis without even knowing him. Eventually, Kelly started listening to Davis and left the Klan altogether, giving Davis his robes and hood. And over the past 30 years, Davis has now convinced over 200 former Klan members to walk away.

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