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Undefeated

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Daryl Davis is an American R&B and blues musician, author, actor and bandleader. Known for his energetic style of Boogie-woogie piano, Davis has played with such musicians as Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, B. B. King, Bruce Hornsby, and Bill Clinton.

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His efforts to improve race relations, in which as an African-American he engaged with members of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). 

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Davis is a Christian and he has used his religious beliefs to convince Klansmen to leave and denounce the KKK.

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In 1983, he was playing country western music in a “white” bar when a patron came up to him and said it was the first time he had “heard a black man play as well as Jerry Lee Lewis.”

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Davis explained to the man that “Jerry Lee learned to play from black blues and boogie woogie piano players and he’s a friend of mine.” The white patron was skeptical and over a drink admitted he was a member of the KKK. The two became friends and eventually, the man gave Davis contact information on KKK leaders.

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A few years later, Davis decided he wanted to interview Klan members and write a book on the subject. He had a "question in my head from the age of 10: 'Why do you hate me when you know nothing about me?' That question had never been answered from my youth."

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Davis eventually went on to befriend over 20 members of the KKK. He found that the Klansmen had many misconceptions about blacks, which stem mostly from intense brainwashing in their youth. When they got to know him, Davis claims, it was more difficult to maintain their prejudices. Davis recounted his experiences in his 1998 book, Klan-destine Relationships: A Black Man's Odyssey in the Ku Klux Klan.

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Davis claims to be responsible for helping to dismantle the KKK in Maryland because things "fell apart" after he began making inroads with its members there.

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"The lesson learned is: ignorance breeds fear," says Davis. "If you don’t keep that fear in check, that fear will breed hatred. If you don’t keep hatred in check, it will breed destruction."

 

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