Wm Joseph Simmons founder of the KKK

The smug looking man seated at the table is Col. William Joseph Simmons, founder of the ‘second’ Ku Klux Klan.  The Colonel was present at the October 1921 House committee investigation of the KKK.

Today is our national holiday commemorating the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. awarded the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.  Take a few minutes today to check out the Digital Archive of the King Center.

MLK smiling  1967



Let me suggest a synthesis of Simmons and King in James Cone’s The Cross and the Lynching Tree.  I read it as part of Mary Veeneman’s theologies of liberation course at North Park Seminary.  It challenges and inspires.  Readable yet deep.  I highly recommend it for your 2013 reading list.

The Cross and the Lynching Tree