Part 2: Daryl Davis - The Black Man Who Attends KKK Rallies - MM#16

Part #2: Daryl Davis – The Black Man Who Attends KKK Rallies

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In Part #2:

·      Daryl lends his music tour bus to the Klan

·      How Daryl manages not to take hate personally

·      Fear is the most powerful tool known to man (and how to wield it for good change)

·      How the KKK is rebranding to avoid stigma and build membership

·      What the media knows about white supremacist positioning, but won’t tell you

·      How Rock N Roll and white people put Barack Obama into office

·      The healing and unifying power of music

Daryl Davis, a black man, attends KKK rallies, befriends its members, and through these unlikely friendships, he has influenced over 200 of those men to leave the Klan.

In a time when we can’t discuss Coke vs. Pepsi without coming to fisticuffs, Daryl has somehow managed to get men who want him obliterated from the face of the earth…to eventually give up their hatred, ideology and community because of Daryl’s influence.  

He’s collected the robes and hoods of men like Roger Kelly – the former Imperial Wizard (the president) of Maryland – and intends to open a museum with Klan memorabilia.

The central question that has driven his life: “How can you hate me when you don’t even know me?”

Daryl is a TEDx superstar, with 4 talks totaling over 4 million views, and lecturer to universities and businesses all over the globe.

He’s also a musician (his #1 love) who’s played with Chuck Berry, an actor in one of the best TV shows of all time (The Wire) and an author of Klandestine Relationships.

He also has a documentary about his work with the KKK called Accidental Courtesy.

We could think of no better person who embodies what it means to be A Man Amongst Men, and as such, Daryl is our very first interview on the Man Amongst Men podcast. 

Dominick Quartuccio