Humanities Distinguished Lecture Daryl Davis

Lecture to be held March 8 at Luther

Daryl Davis, black musician, author, actor and activist, has spent the past 20 years meeting and befriending hundreds of Ku Klux Klan members who have since broken ties with the Klan. With his story promoting hope, friendship and conversation, Davis will give a Luther College Humanities Distinguished Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Davis, author of "Klan-Destine Relationships" and focus of the documentary "Accidental Courtesy," continues to search for an answer to the question he poses in the documentary, "How can you hate me if you don't even know me?" In his lecture Davis will discuss the relationships that he has established with members of the Klan. Over the years he has collected robes and other artifacts from friends who have left the Klan, hoping to eventually open the Museum of the Klan.

In conjunction with the lecture, a screening of "Accidental Courtesy" will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on the Luther campus. Novian Whitsitt, Luther professor of Africana studies and English, will lead a discussion following the screening.

Davis will also speak in Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 9, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall.

Davis' visit is part of Hope over Hate week, which highlights two stories of unlikely friendships that led to extraordinary change. Earlier in the week, Matthew Boger will present a lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. With the goal of shifting beyond immediate interests and present knowledge into broader understanding and community-building, Hope over Hate week is designed to encourage a platform for difficult conversations.

All of the aforementioned Hope over Hate week events are open to the public with no charge for admission.

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