Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Good Stuff In TEC: South Carolina

Former KKK member shares message of racial harmony

Elwin Wilson sat in the meeting room at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Monday evening -- sampling some pizza, macaroni-and-cheese and a chicken leg.

The 72-year-old Rock Hill, S.C., man looked and sounded like what he is -- a genial Southerner who has lived through pivotal changes in American history. What was not immediately apparent is how much Wilson has been changed by the social upheaval of the past half century -- particularly the Civil Rights movement.

A former member of the Ku Klux Klan, Wilson beat a young black man who attempted to enter the "whites only" door at a Rock Hill bus station in 1961. Today that young man is U.S. Rep. John Lewis, and Wilson has turned from his racist past and sought forgiveness from Lewis and others.

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