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Former white supremacist to speak on Thursday

Tom Martinez, a former white supremacist and FBI informant, will present "Inside the Brotherhood of Hate," at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in Baker University Center Theatre.

Martinez, a Philadelphia native, grew up in an all white area up until the 1990s. He eventually joined the Ku Klux Klan and became a knight in the infamous hate organization. He later joined the National Alliance and The Order, other white supremacist organizations.

While Martinez was a member, The Order became known for counterfeiting, armed robberies, bombings, and murders. Martinez, after being arrested for counterfeiting, had a change of heart and became an FBI informant and an ally in the battle against the hate organizations.

His autobiography, "Brotherhood of Murder" is a look inside the subculture of hate. The book has been turned into a Showtime original picture starring William Baldwin, Peter Gallagher and Kelly Lynch. It is the true story of a man horrified into awareness by the destructive forces of hate.

Martinez travels the nation to share his personal story and denounce racism. His visit is sponsored by S.T.A.R.S. (Students Teaching About Racism in Society), Student Senate, Student Activities Commission, Black Student Union and the Kennedy Lecture Series.