Civil Rights Worker Befriends KKK Grand Dragon: True Story, New Play

Friday, June 10, 2011

Celeste Headlee is broadcasting from the studios of our partner, WGBH, today. She's in Boston to speak at the National Race Amity Conference this weekend. Tonight, a new play called "Xernona and the Grand Dragon X" premieres at the conference. The play tells the story of the friendship between Xernona Clayton, an African-American civil rights leader, and Calvin Craig, a Grand Dragon in the Ku Klux Klan. It was his friendship with Xernona that convinced Calvin to publicly renounce the KKK in 1968.

Xernona Clayton, who is now the president of the Trumpet Awards Foundation, and Gail Mayes, the daughter of Calvin Craig, discuss this remarkable friendship.


Xernona Clayton and Gail Mayes

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Comments [2]

Elisabeth from Atlanta

Wonderful. I am.currently in a play at Theatrical Outfit in Atlanta called THE BEST OF ENEMIES . I play civil rights leader ANN ATWATER who has a unique relationship With C.P.Ellis Grand Cyclops of Klavern. 9 in Durham NC. We will be running through February!

Jan. 22 2014 02:32 PM
Karen Lashbrook from minneapolis, mn

I listened to the interview this morning and thought this was a fabulous story. Is the play going to go on tour at all and perhaps come to Minneapolis? Or.... is this a book? Xernona sounded like such a nice woman -- one that welcomes and embraces everyone.

Jun. 10 2011 10:04 AM

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