Ron Stallworth made a bold move in 1978 that, 40 years
later, has made him a household name and drew hundreds recently to Salt Lake
Community College’s Grand Theatre to hear him talk about what he did.
Stallworth, portrayed by actor John David Washington in
Spike Lee’s Oscar-winning film Black Klansman, infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan
while an undercover detective with the Colorado Springs Police Department. He
talked for about an hour at the Grand Theatre, covering the movie, his memoir
from which the film’s screenplay was adapted, the KKK’s David Duke, President
Donald Trump, race and racism, the N-word and his seven-month investigation in
Colorado Springs. Stallworth shows his KKK membership card to the audience.
Stallworth, who worked for two decades with the Utah
Department of Public Safety, also taught criminal justice at SLCC. “It’s been a
very pleasant return to the city, the state I called home for 30 years,” he
greeted the Grand Theatre crowd. “The city and state where I helped…