Litquake and MoAD present | Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime
In 1978, Colorado Springs Police Detective Ron Stallworth answered a classified ad posted by the local Ku Klux Klan faction. Using his real name and some racist epithets to throw the recruiter off the truth, Stallworth received a warm welcome and request for a face-to-face meeting. The KKK had no idea he was black. Tonight we feature Stallworth and his astonishing memoir Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime, in conversation with poet/artist Michael Warr. Preceding the conversation will be a screening of the book’s film adaptation BlackKklansman, written and directed by Spike Lee, which recently won the prestigious Grand Prix Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Followed by book sales and signing.
Ron Stallworth is a 32-year, highly decorated, law enforcement veteran, who worked undercover narcotics, vice, criminal intelligence and organized crime beats in four states. As the first black detective in the history of the Colorado Springs Police Department, Ron overcame fierce racial hostility to achieve a long and distinguished career in law enforcement.
Michael Warr is a poet and artist. His recent books include Of Poetry & Protest: From Emmett Till to Travyon Martin (W.W. Norton) and The Armageddon of Funk (Tia Chucha Press).