SOLD OUT Ron Stallworth, New York Times Bestselling Author of his Memoir ~ BlacKkKlansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime, In Conversation at a SPECIAL EVENT

SOLD OUT EVENT OVERVIEW:  Ron Stallworth, New York Times Bestselling Author of his Softcover Memoir BlacKkKlansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime, will be In Conversation with Kevin Willmott, Co-Writer of the 2018 Award-Winning Major Motion Picture BlacKkKlansman by Director Spike Lee and others.  Hearing directly from Ron about his personal story, along with Kevin’s perspective of capturing and delivering a powerful message that goes beyond the movie, will undoubtedly be a unique experience for guests.

This Event is the 2019 MCC Chancellor's Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Luncheon, presented by The MCC Foundation and The Metropolitan Community Colleges Office of Inclusion and Engagement.

ABOUT RON STALLWORTH:  Ron Stallworth Wrote the Memoir BlacKkKlansman: Race, Hate and the Investigation of a Lifetime.  The Book recounts how Stallworth, the first black Detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department, infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the late 1970s.  It details how he, with the help of a white officer, fooled local Klan organizers and Klan Grand Wizard David Duke as they monitored the groups activity.  The Book, first published in 2014, was made into a Movie, Directed by Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman, and released in August 2018.  Lee Co-Wrote the Comedy-Drama with Filmmaker, Playwright and University of Kansas Film Professor Kevin Willmott and two others.  Stallworth was born in Chicago and raised in El Paso, Texas.  His 32-Year Law Enforcement career included serving on the Colorado Springs Police Department and as an investigator for the Utah Department of Public Safety.  He is now retired.

ABOUT KEVIN WILLMOTT:  Kevin Willmott Co-Wrote the Movie BlacKkKlansman with Director Spike Lee, Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz.  The Movie, which Won the Grand Prix Award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, tells the real-life story of how black Police Officer Ron Stallworth infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s.  Stallworth and a white Officer monitored Klan activity during a 7-Month Investigation.  Willmott, a Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas, also Wrote the Play Becoming Martin.  Its focus is 15-Year-old Martin Luther King Jr., and his experiences as a Student at Morehouse College.  Becoming Martin had its World Premiere this fall at Kansas City's Coterie Theatre, which is celebrating its 40th Season.  He has worked as a Peace & Civil Rights Activist, fighting for the rights of the poor, creating two Catholic Worker shelters for the homeless, and forcing the integration of several longstanding segregated institutions.  Willmott grew up in Junction City, Kansas, and received a B.A. in drama from Marymount College in Salina, Kansas.  He earned his M.F.A. in dramatic writing at New York University.

ABOUT THE BOOK:  In 1978, Detective Ron Stallworth, the first black Detective in the Colorado Springs police department, answered a classified ad posted by the local Ku Klux Klan faction.  Using his real name and some racist epithets to throw the recruiter off the truth, Stallworth receives a warm welcome and a request for a face-to-face meeting.  So begins the incredible true story Stallworth retells in BlacKkKlansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime, a fascinating and timely Non-Fiction account that reads like a Crime Thriller.  During his 7 Months of undercover work, Stallworth sends his white partner to any in-person Klan meetings, while he remains the man on the other end of the phone-line.  In his time with the organization, Stallworth succeeds in sabotaging cross burnings and attempts by the Klan to further expand their membership, and their attempts to weaponize a militia.  He meets and befriends David Duke (on the phone; in person their relationship is less than warm), and exposes high level government officials who have been secretly meeting with the Klan.  BlacKkKlansman is the captivating true story of one of the most audacious, and incredible undercover investigations in history.

ABOUT THE MOVIE:  From visionary Filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero.   It’s the early 1970s, a time of great social upheaval as the struggle for civil rights rages on. Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) becomes the first African-American Detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department, but his arrival is greeted with skepticism and open hostility by the department’s rank and file.  Undaunted, Stallworth resolves to make a name for himself and a difference in his community.  He bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan.  Posing as a racist extremist, Stallworth contacts the group and soon finds himself invited into its inner circle.  He even cultivates a relationship with the Klan’s Grand Wizard, David Duke (Topher Grace), who praises Ron’s commitment to the advancement of White America.  With the undercover investigation growing ever more complex, Stallworth’s colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), poses as Ron in face-to-face meetings with members of the hate group, gaining insider’s knowledge of a deadly plot.  Together, Stallworth and Zimmerman team up to take down the organization whose real aim is to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.

Produced by the team behind the Academy-Award® Winning Movie Get Out, BlacKkKlansman offers an unflinching, true-life examination of race relations in 1970s America that is just as bracingly relevant in today’s tumultuous world.  BlacKkKlansman the Movie was Nominated in 2018 for 4 Golden Globe Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Director!

SOLD OUT DATE & TIME:  Friday, January 18, 2019, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

SOLD OUT LOCATION:  Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Count Basie Ballroom, 200 W 12th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64105

EVENT FORMAT:  Ron Stallworth and Kevin Willmott will be In Conversation about Ron's Memoir and Kevin's Movie, and the impact and cultural relevance of their collaboration.  The Conversation will last approximately 1 Hour.

SOLD OUT FOR INDIVIDUAL LUNCHEON ADMISSION PACKAGES:  SOLD OUT from MCC.  Seating is SOLD OUT.  Your Admission Package includes Luncheon and a Softcover of BlacKkKlansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime.


DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Additional Author Autographed Softcovers of BlacKkKlansman will be available for purchase at our Author Event.

Event date: 
Friday, January 18, 2019 - 11:30am
Event address: 
Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Count Basie Ballroom
200 W 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
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