Cleveland State to host Daryl Davis in February
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Daryl Davis
Daryl Davis
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Cleveland State Community College will be hosting “Klan-Destine Relationships” author Daryl Davis on Feb. 19, 2013, at 7 p.m. in the George R. John-son Cultural Heritage Center Auditorium.

Davis is not white. He's not even light-skinned. Make no mistake about it; he is black. Yet, “Klan-Destine Relationships” author Davis has come in closer contact with members of the Ku Klux Klan than most white nonmembers and certainly most blacks.

He continues to do so, making him one of the most unique lecturers on the college speaking circuit today.

Tracey Wright, director of Community Relations and Special Programs, said, “This is one of those must-attend events. Mr. Davis’ multimedia presentation will be one that you will most likely never forget. The stories, the behaviors and ultimately the change of heart that occurs will linger with you.”

Over the last 10 years, Davis has seemingly 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 Hitchcock, keeping audiences riveted to their seats in disbelief.

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 has been called “Uncle Tom.”

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 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.

As a race relations expert, Davis has received acclaim for his book, “Klan-Destine Relationships” and his work in race relations from many respected sources including: CNN, CNBC, ABC, The Learning Channel, National Public Radio, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Baltimore Sun, The American Ethical Union and The Washington Ethical Society.

Registering for this event is not required; however, it will ensure you a seat for the program. For more information or to reserve a seat, visit the website at mycs.cc/klandestine.