In honor of the JFK 50th memorial, the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance is proud to present a talk and public discussion on the Ku Klux Klan and the early years of Jim Crow.
President John F. Kennedy, a supporter of civil rights, was hated by segregationists, so much so that these groups were strongly suspected in the immediate aftermath of his assassination. This suspicion derived from these groups’ vocal opposition to the Kennedy administration and also from Dallas history.
Texas had the largest Klan in the nation in the 1920s and Dallas' KKK Chapter 66 was the largest chapter in the country. Although the Klan controlled city government, there were some outspoken voices against them including George Bannerman Dealey, publisher of The Dallas Morning News. By the 1960s, segregationists including the John Birch Society were outspoken and held positions of power in politics and business. Interestingly, Dealey’s son and successor at the paper, Ted Dealey, was a vocal opponent of JFK. Featured speaker Natalie J. Ring has a B.A. from Amherst College and a Ph.D. from the University of California San Diego. She is Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Dallas where she teaches courses on the history of the New South, the early years of Jim Crow, the Global South, and the Ku Klux Klan.
Dr. Ring will help us understand the decline and resurgence of the Klan since its inception. She is the author of The Problem South: Region, Empire and the New Liberal State, 1880-1930, which was a finalist for the Berkshire Conference on Women Historian's First Book Prize and one of three finalists for the TIL Award for Most Significant Scholarly Book from the Texas Institute of Letters. Dr. Ring also is the co-editor of The Folly of Jim Crow: Rethinking the Segregated South.
Admission is free. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 214.741.7500