Since February is Black History Month, I thought it would be appropriate to dedicate the first episode of the month to a very small, but notable, role Superman played in the civil rights movement. In episodes which ran from June 10 – July 1, 1946, Superman fought a racist organization called THE CLAN OF THE FIERY CROSS, which was the name of the story. The rituals and code words used by the Clan came from real life Ku Klux Klan, through the eyewitness accounts of Klan infiltrator Stetson Kennedy.
This episode will summarize the plot of the radio show and a brief biography of Stetson Kennedy.
The sources used as research for this episode were:
http://www.ferris.edu/JIMCROW/question/july09/ NOTE: this website does not celebrate the Jim Crow era. It documents the history of the era from the perspective of civil rights.
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