An Interview with Daryl Davis: “Klan-Destine Relationships”
posted by: 4WardEver UK
published: 14th May 2014
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We are fortunate to have Daryl Davis, author of Klan-Destine Relationships, to interview here on Amerika.org. Daryl is a brave fellow who as an African-American interested in issues of race, has contacted a number of members of the Ku Klux Klan and interviewed them, often before tipping them off to his ethnicity.
A good number of these Klansman later became friendly with Daryl, and from the stories they told and his own experiences, he formed the basis of what would become Klan-Destine Relationships. In addition, Daryl is a fully accomplished musician who has played with more famous names than this writer is able to recognize (see the pictures page for Daryl next to Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan and Aretha Franklin, among others).
Thanks to his generosity in answering our questions, we are able to offer you a short interview with Daryl Davis on the topics of nationalism, race, racism and of course, how these ongoing issues might be resolved.
Daryl, thank you for being with us today; you’re live on Amerika.org!
“Thanks again for considering my perspectives to be included in your blog. I appreciate the opportunity and will do my best to provide you with answers that best define my opinions. I would preface these forthcoming answers with the fact that I am speaking solely for myself and I do not portray myself to represent those who may agree with me. My answers to your questions are based upon my own academic knowledge, empirical experiences and personal conjecture derived from said knowledge and experiences”.
KKK Member Walks up to Black Musician in Bar-but It’s Not a Joke, and What Happens Next Will Astound You
Daryl Davis is no ordinary musician. He’s played with President Clinton and tours the country playing “burnin’ boogie woogie piano” and sharing musical stylings inspired by greats like Fats Domino, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis. He’s a highly respected and electrifying performer who is currently an integral member of The Legendary Blues Band (formerly known as the Muddy Waters Band,) and he rocks the stage all over the nation.
Black man makes friends with KKK Imperial Wizard
Daryl Davis got his degree in music. His band was playing at a “white” truck stop when he had his first encounter with a member of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). The band had just finished with a set, and Davis was sitting at the table when a white guy came and put his arm around Davis’ shoulders.
The man said that he had never heard a black guy play like Jerry Lee Lewis. He invited Davis over to his table for a drink and said that it was the first time he had ever had a drink with a black man. When Davis asked why, the guy showed him his KKK identification. “Racism has always fascinated me,” says Davis.
Daryl Davis Band
Chicago native Daryl Davis graduated from Howard University with a degree in Jazz. Additionally, he was mentored by legendary pianists Pinetop Perkins and Johnnie Johnson who both claimed him as their godson and praised his ability to master a piano style that was popular long before he was born. In addition to being a pianist and vocalist, Mr. Davis is an actor, author, and lecturer residing in Maryland.
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