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Diversity Lessons From a Black Klan Whisperer

February 15 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm CST

Special Black History Month event featuring Daryl Davis

We spend too much time talking about the other person, talking at the other person, and talking past the other person. Amazing things can happen when we spend some time talking with the other person.” So says Daryl Davis, whose jaw-dropping experiences engaging KKK and White supremacist leaders hold lessons that inspire audiences to think differently about how they engage others who don’t share their views, backgrounds, religion, etc. The more we talk, the more we understand each other and discover what we have in common. That’s when the possibilities open up and the importance of our differences diminishes.

The presentation is a part of the Tommy G. Thompson Statewide Speaker Series.

Sample Takeaways

  • Learn to build bridges and ignite positive change in the workplace, community, and at home
  • Everyone wants the same 5 things – learn what they are and how they drive behavior
  • Spend 5 minutes together and you will find things in common with even your worst enemy
  • A missed opportunity for dialogue is a missed opportunity for conflict resolution
  • The power of empathy – put yourself in the other person’s shoes

Free Registration

The event is free, but pre-registration is required.
A Zoom link will be emailed to you the day of the event upon registering.

Meet and Greet

Join us for refreshments and a special meet and greet with Daryl Davis in the Laird Room immediately following the keynote presentation.

About Daryl Davis

Daryl Davis is committed to helping people ignite positive change – using conversation to build bridges. His jaw-dropping experiences speak for themselves.

For nearly 40 years, he’s engaged leaders of the KKK and White supremacist groups face to face to find the answer to a question: “How can you hate me when you don’t even know me?” That question stemmed from his first encounter with racism at age ten when he was pelted with rocks, bottles, and soda cans by a handful of White spectators while marching in a parade.

Seeking to understand, not to change minds, Daryl met their hatred with civility, patience, and listening. Those conversations spawned genuine and lasting friendships with many who changed their own minds and disavowed hateful beliefs. Some even gave Daryl their robes and hoods when they did.

As a speaker, Daryl is an extraordinary storyteller who inspires and empowers audiences with tools they can use to make better workplaces, communities, and relations with family and friends. Daryl’s work is chronicled in his book Klan-Destine Relationships and the documentary Accidental Courtesy. Daryl’s TEDx Talk has over 12 million views.


February 15
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm CST


UW–Stevens Point – Dreyfus University Center
1015 Reserve Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481 United States
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