OGDEN — Ron Stallworth, subject of the recent movie “BlacKkKlansman,” will share his story and experience as a law enforcement officer with the Ku Klux Klan on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. in Weber State University’s Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater.
Stallworth is a retired law enforcement officer and author of the book, “Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime.” The book details Stallworth’s undercover investigation where he infiltrated a chapter of the KKK as a black police officer. The book inspired the movie “BlacKkKlansman,” which recently received six Oscar nominations, including best picture.
Stallworth was the first black police officer with the Colorado Springs Police Department. He had to deal with issues of racism and bigotry from the community and within the department. One day, Stallworth noticed an ad in the paper about a new chapter of the KKK forming in Colorado Springs, Colorado.Comment on this story
Wanting to get more information about the organization, Stallworth called the number, posing as a white man with racist sentiments. The call launched a seven-month investigation with Stallworth posing as a Klan member over the phone and sending a white officer in his place for face-to-face meetings.
Stallworth will be at Weber State to share his story and answer questions from the audience.
Stallworth’s visit is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Student Involvement & Leadership and Black Scholars United. The presentations are free and open to the public.