Join us for our next Film & Lecture Series Klan-destine: Behind the KKK with Author Daryl Davis Thursday, September 28th at 7pm in the Great Hall of the Silver Spring Civic Building. This fascinating talk will explore Daryl's work behind-the-scenes with member of the Ku Klux Klan as documented in the film Accidental Courtesy. Here is a preview on CBS Sunday Morning of the work Daryl has done on the KKK. This program is not to be missed, and space is limited. RSVP: [email protected]
Now residing in Silver Spring, MD, Chicago native Daryl Davis graduated from Howard University with a degree in Jazz. As a pianist, vocalist and guitarist, he performs nationally and internationally with The Daryl Davis Band. He has also worked with such notables as Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley's Jordanaires, The Legendary Blues Band and many others.
While music is his full-time profession, seeking to improve race relations nationwide, has become a fulltime obsession. After witnessing one of Daryl's Rock & Roll/Boogie Woogie performances, a man told him he'd never seen a Black man play piano like Jerry Lee Lewis. The man at first had a hard time believing Daryl's explanation of the
Black origin of Lewis's style, but soon became a regular fan of Daryl's. Turns out, he was a member of the Ku Klux Klan. This experience led to Daryl becoming the first Black author to travel the country interviewing KKK leaders and members, all detailed in his book, Klan-Destine Relationships. Today, Daryl owns numerous Klan robes and hoods, given to him by active members who became his friend and renounced the organization and their racist ideology. Davis has received the Elliott-Black and MLK awards as well as numerous other local and national awards for his work in race relations, and is often sought by CNN, MSNBC and many other media outlets as a consultant on the KKK and race relations. He lectures nationwide and abroad on the topic. In addition to being a musician, author and lecturer, Daryl is also an actor with stage and screen credits. He appeared in the critically acclaimed HBO police drama, The Wire, and most recently, he is the subject of the documentary Accidental Courtesy, which filmed his real life encounters with Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi leaders as he helps to dismantle racism across the United States.
For more information, please visit www.DarylDavis.com.
This is a FREE event and everyone is welcome. Please confirm your space at [email protected]