Ku Klux Klan

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Ku Klux Klan

Important PeopleSome of the founders of the KKK were J. Calvin Jones and Frank O. McCord. Some of our presidents were part of the KKK like Woodrow Wilson and Harry S. Truman. Woodrow Wilson was the 28th president. He served from 1913-1921. Harry S. Truman was the 33rd president. He served from 1945-1953. Books mention that Wilson and Truman were involved with the KKK but did not say what parts they played in the KKK.

Harry S. Truman

Woodrow Wilson

EventsThe KKK organization temporarily disbanded in 1944 because of the Great Depression in the 1930s.In 1964, in Mississippi, Charles Moore and Henry Dee, who were both 19 years old and African American, were beaten and killed by local members of the KKK. This was important because it was one of the incoents that fueled the Civil Rights movement.In 1979, five radicals were killed when gun fire erupted during an anti-KKK demonstration in Greensboro, NC after a car van of Klansmen and Nazis had driven into the area. This came to be known as the '' The Greensboro Massacre''. In the early 1990s, the Klan was estimated to have between 6,000 and 10,000 active members.

Ku Klux KlanThe Ku Klux Klan also known as KKK is a group of people who are anti-black and against any race that isn’t their own. . The KKK was founded in 1866 and extended into almost every southern state by 1870 They bombed black schools and churches and were violent towards black and white activists in the South. In the 1920’s the Klan membership exceeded 4 million people nationwide.

The Impact of the KKKThe KKK spread fear across the country for African Americans and other people who supported the immigrnts and people who used to be slaves. The KKK sent a message out that convinced many others to join, spreading the message to an even wider audience. Because of this, that message was carried on and is kept alive to this day. Today, although there are fewer members of the KKK many people still support what the KKK did in the 1800s and 1900s.

TodayThe KKK call themselves the invisible empire, but they have certainly been reaching out to Richmond area residents, some who have received recruitment flyers twice within two months. Two men who claimed to be members of the KKK were interviewed on CBS news in 2013. http://wtvr.com/2013/01/08/kkk-rises-in-virginia/


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