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Black author Daryl Davis explores mindset of KKK members

Daryl Davis will speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21 in the Baker University Center Ballroom as part of Ohio University's Black History Month.

He is the author of "Klan-Destine Relationships," a nonfiction account of a Black man's journey into the mindset of the Ku Klux Klan. 

Davis has come in closer contact with more members of the Ku Klux Klan than most white non-members and certainly most blacks.

For the past 20 years, Davis has confronted the KKK. His book tells stories of how he would set up surprise meetings with Klan leaders who were unaware of his skin color and attend Klan rallies. 

He began his quest with only the objective of exploring racism. However, he eventually became the recipient of numerous robes and hoods given to him by KKK members who rescinded their beliefs after coming to know him.

Davis has received acclaim for his book from many respected sources including CNN, NBC, Good Morning America, The Washington Post and many more. He earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from Howard University and is an accomplished blues and R&B musician.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Black Student Cultural Programming Board.