‘Klan-Destine Relationships’ author speaks at TTU

Author and musician Daryl Davis comes to Tennessee Tech University Tuesday, Oct. 26, as part of the national "Mix It Up at Lunch Day," an event intended to foster racial and social understanding.

TTU students join more than 5,000 other colleges and universities across the country to participate in the event sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance Project, says Shelley S. Brown, instructor in the department of sociology and political science.

"Student organizers agree that 'Mix It Up at Lunch Day' encourages students to cross group lines and meet new people," Brown said.

Davis is author of Klan-Destine Relationships, a book in which he explores and seeks to change the way people look at race by reaching out to members of the Ku Klux Klan. He will speak at 11 a.m. and at 6 p.m. on Oct. 26 in the Roaden University Center Mulipurpose Room. His story told in gritty words and startling photographs is both harrowing and awe-inspiring.

The Southern Poverty Law Center launched Teaching Tolerance in 1991 to provide educators with free resources to reduce prejudice and promote respect. The "Mix It Up at Lunch" program began at TTU in 2007 and has been organized by Brown's Sociology 1010 class in cooperation with the Office of Minority Affairs. This is a Center Stage event supported by TTU's General Education Fund.

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