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Martin Luther King Day to be Marked with Talked on the Klan
Monday, January 15, 2018 1:15 pm - 1:15 pm EST

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Where: Central Queens Y
Calendar: Member Calendar
Website: http://www.cqy.org/index.php?src=#
Contact: Patricia, 7182685011, email

Martin Luther King Day will be marked in Forest Hills by a talk on the Klan of the 1920s and the parallels between that period and today’s political environment. Over the last two years, the U.S. has seen an alarming resurgence in extremist groups long considered to be very marginal, groups promoting anti-immigrant sentiment, racism, and anti-Semitism. Many observers see disturbing parallels between the current incarnation of hate groups and the period of the 1920s, the peak of the Ku Klux Klan. On Monday, January 15, 1:30 p.m., author Patricia Bernstein will speak on her new book on the Klan, Ten Dollars to Hate, at the Central Queens Y in Forest Hills. The Central Queens Y is located at 67-09 108 Street, in Forest Hills. All events are always open to the public. An $8 voluntary donation is suggested. For more information, contact Cultural Arts at (718) 268-5011, ext. 151, or at pkurtz@cqy.org or online at www.cqy.org. Today most Americans are not aware of the power of the 1920s Klan, a mass movement with millions of members all over the U.S., not in the South alone. The Klan was not just racist, but also violently anti-Catholic, anti-Semitic, and anti-immigrant, and Klan members controlled some local and state governments. Several states elected Klan-sponsored governors and US senators. Author Patricia Bernstein tells the story of the massive Klan in the 1920s and of the courageous prosecutor who became the first in the nation to successfully fight the Klan. A few courageous public officials had tried to make Klansmen pay for their crimes, notably after Klan assaults in California and Texas, and two horrendous torture murders in Louisiana. All failed until 1923, when a twenty nine year old attorney convicted and won serious prison time for five Klansmen in a tense courtroom in Georgetown, Texas, turning the tide on the Klan’s mass movement and leading to other convictions in Texas and elsewhere. Patricia Bernstein is the author of three books, including The First Waco Horror: The Lynching of Jesse Washington and the Rise of the NAACP. This program is presented by the Cultural Arts and Jewish Heritage Programs Department of the Central Queens Y. More information is available online at www.cqy.org or at (718) 268-5011 ext. 151, or pkurtz@cqy.org

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