The Rotary Clubs of Fort Collins will present a speech April 9 by Daryl Davis, a noteworthy author and musician best known for his work on improving race relations in America. Davis’ special presentation on race relations will be held in CSU’s Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom at 6 p.m. All community members are invited to attend.
The presentation is part of the Fort Collins Rotary Clubs’ “Peace Initiative Speaker Series.” Davis has dived into race issues headfirst by setting up meetings with Ku Klux Klan leaders and attending rallies with the intent, and successful track record, of changing hearts and convincing members to renounce their racist beliefs. As a black man, endeavors such as these are an especially distinctive tactic for addressing race issues.
In addition to his direct approach of tackling racial issues, Davis is an accomplished blues, rock ‘n’ roll, country and jazz musician, performing regularly with his own Daryl Davis Band. He has worked extensively with musical icons, including Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires and Sam Moore. He has also made his mark starring in his own documentary, “Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America,” as well as appearing in the upcoming documentary “American Times.”
Davis’ life experiences are chronicled in his book “Klan-Destine Relationships.” He has received many honors, including the American Ethical Union’s Elliott-Black Award, the Washington Ethical Society’s Bridge Builder and the Search for Common Ground Award.
Tickets may be purchased online or at the door: $10 for students and $15 for the general public. Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. Interested sponsors can contact Danielle Llewellyn at Danielle.L@davincisign.com.
Learn more about the Rotary Clubs of Fort Collins at rotaryfortcollins.org.