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Black author to speak on experiences with KKK
Monday, 02 September 2019 17:43

From Staff Reports 

Daryl Davis, the author of the book “KlanDestine Relationships” and star of the film “Accidental Courtesy” will discuss his experiences seeking out neo-Nazis and mmbers of the Ku Klux Klan at 7 p..m. Sept. 12 at Congregation Beth HaTephila in North Asheville.

While Davis is black, he “has come in closer contact with members of the KKK than most white nonmembers,” a press release from the CBHT stated. “This makes him one of the most unique race relations experts and activist today.”  

To that end, CBHT President Tikkun Gottschalk said, “As Jews and members of a diverse community, we know that sharing our own stories, and listening to others’ stories bridges differences and humanizes people who might otherwise be in conflict..”

Davis is “an author, actor and musician, has spent the last 35 years walking on the edge with one foot dangling over the precipice, setting up meetings with Klan leaders and going to KKK rallies,” the press release noted. 

“All are welcome” to Davis’ talk, the CBHT said. The Isaac Chicurel Memorial Community Education Fund is underwriting the program costs.

CBHT Rabbi Batsheva Meiri asserted, “What we need most today is to figure out how to talk to people with whom we disagree the most in ways that transform and heal.  Davis has done just that.” 



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