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Daryl Davis

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Despite declaring a deep hatred for him, Daryl Davis sought to build bridges with leaders from the Ku Klux Klan. Daryl engaged in conversation to understand their views without judgement.

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It was marching as the only black cub scout in a parade at aged 10 that Daryl Davis first encountered racism for himself. Being the only black scout in the parade, he found himself the subject of rocks, bottles and cans being thrown at him by a small number of white spectators. He couldn't understand why these people would hate him when they didn't even know him. Searching for these answers lead Daryl to respond how many wouldn't expect when he had a chance encounter with a member of the Ku Klux Klan during his career as a musician.

Why you should book Daryl Davis for your next event

  • Daryl’s keynotes are sobering yet inspiring, moving audiences across the country and demonstrating the power of simply having conversations with people we disagree with.
  • Audiences note the bravery that Daryl embodies, turning up at Klan rallies and putting himself on the line in order to build bridges and better understand the root of what drives the fear that Klan members have.
  • Daryl is an experienced and trusted speaker, often selected by the US State Department to share his knowledge on race relations and combatting conflict.

During a break between performances in a bar with a band, Daryl was approached by a man who discussed his piano playing with him. This person came to share that he’s a member of the Ku Klux Klan, starting Daryl’s surreal journey of trying to build bridges with leaders and members of the Klan. Over the years, Daryl has gone on to befriend and gain support from Klan members, many of whom have handed him their robes and hoods among other racist symbols. In his mission to understand the driving forces of the views expressed by Klan members and other alt-right groups, Daryl has sought to maintain a mindset of not judging those he’s speaking to and not attempting to change their minds.

Daryl is the first black person to write a book on the Ku Klux Klan that’s sourced from in-person interviews. Over the years, Daryl has met with members of the Klan and other neo-nazi and alt-right groups in his home and their own homes, as well as attending rallies to engage with the people there. Daryl’s documentary about his experiences is regularly shown on PBS and he’s the recipient of numerous prestigious awards. In his keynotes, Daryl discusses diversity and equality, race relations and how conflict can be effectively tackled.

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Daryl will touch upon the following topics in his keynotes:

  • Diversity & inclusion
  • Motivation & inspiration 
  • Racial issues 
  • Ku Klux klan
  • Music
  • Resolving conflicts
Watch Daryl Davis in action

Why I, as a black man, attend KKK rallies. | Daryl Davis | TEDxNaperville

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Klan We Talk? | Daryl Davis | TEDxCapeMay

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