Here's a clip from the interview transcript. Interesting for me to get more details on what was going on in North Carolina when I lived there for a few years in the late 50's to early sixties. You can also see an article and listen to the story at NPR.
Also see the recommended links below to current stories, one involving the KKK's hateful response to the Memphis (TN) City Council's vote to change the name of 3 city parks.
This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. Here's a headline you wouldn't want to see in your newspaper: Ku Klux Klan declares war against negro Jew communism. That was a banner headline from the Klan publication The Fiery Cross in 1961. I read that in the new book "Klansville, U.S.A.: The Rise and Fall of the Civil Rights-Era Ku Klux Klan" by my guest David Cunningham.
The book gives a historical overview of the Klan, then focuses on North Carolina, which in spite of its reputation as the region's most progressive state in the '60s was a Klan stronghold then. Cunningham is associate professor and chair of sociology in the Social Justice and Social Policy Program at Brandeis University. He's worked with the Greensboro, North Carolina, Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Mississippi Truth Project.