IV-"My Life With The Klan" - Jerry Thompson - Nashville Tennessean

IV-"My Life With The Klan" - Jerry Thompson - Nashville Tennessean

Klan "Naturalization" a Long, Scary Wait

by: Jerry Thompson | publication date: December 10, 1980 | Publication: The Nashville Tennessean |

Jim Hulslander and I, a couple of Klan "recruits," waited in the long corridor outside the Malaga Room of the Howard Johnson's Motel in Birmingham's Hoover suburb to take the KKK oath. Behind the closed door of the room, Don Black, Alabama Dram of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, his wife and three Klan members were preparing for the "naturalization" ceremony at which we could take the oath.

In this fourth installment of Thompson's series about his year spent as an Alabama Klansman he describes the stressful postponement of his "naturalization" ceremony. Thompson feared it a signal of the Klan's suspicion towards his true identity. Thompson's entire "My Life with the Klan" series was reprinted by The Tennessean as a separate book with the same title.

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