Daryl Davis makes his living playing blues piano, but he dreams about one day opening a museum of Klu Klux Klan robes, garments, and memorabilia. He already has around 200 robes, each signifying a former Klan member whom he has convinced to leave the KKK.
It all started at a blues venue during a conversation over a drink with a white music lover. "You know," the man said, "this is the first time I ever sat down and had a drink with a black man?” Davis was taken aback and asked why. “I'm a member of the Ku Klux Klan,” he answered.
“The fact that a Klansman and black person could sit down at the same table and enjoy the same music, that was a seed planted,” says Davis. “I decided to go around the country and sit down with Klan leaders and Klan members to find out: How can you hate me when you don't even know me?”
In our divisive age, how could any of us even think about starting conversations like this? The folks at Love + Radio sat down with Daryl Davis to get some advice.