Daryl Davis, a renowned black American blues musician, took the initiative to reach out to members of the Ku Klux Klan, the US white supremacist organisation, which has led to more than 200 leaving the group.
He has travelled across the country, sometimes with ex-KKK members, to give lectures aimed at curbing racism.
Davis has written a book on the KKK called Klandestine Relationships. And an award-winning documentary about his unique efforts to combat racial hatred – Accidental Courtesy – is set to be aired across the United States in February.
Hate acts have been on the rise in the US since president-elect Donald Trump, who made many statements against minority groups during the election campaign, saw a drastic rise in popularity last year.
Davis talked to Al Jazeera about his journey in confronting the KKK, and what Trump’s election means for the country.
Al Jazeera: What inspired you to reach out to the KKK?
Davis: My …
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