Omar Tinawi- Project on Black K Klansman, A Memoir on Ron Stallworth
The story takes place in October of 1978. Ron Stallworth was the first black detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department. He was a detective for the Intelligence Unit of the Colorado Springs Police Department
Hello, I'm Officer Stallworth
One of Ron Stallworth's duties was to scan the two daily newspapers to find anything that could impact the overall welfare of Colorado Springs. One day he found an ad recruiting members to join the Ku Klux Klan.
Could this be my way of infiltrating the KKK?
Ron Stallworth responded to the ad posing as a white man. In his response, he left his real name. He also left an untraceable phone number and address.
No time to ask my boss, this is way too urgent
On November 1st, 1978, Ron Stallworth gets a call on his undercover phone. It was Ken O'dell, a "Local organizer of the Colorado Springs chapter of the KKK"
Hello... yes... I am responding to the ad recruiting members to the Ku Klux Klan
Ken O'dell wanted to meet up with Ron at "The Kwik Inn." Ken described himself so Ron could recognize him. Ron knew he couldn't describe himself as a black man so he described his cop friend, Chuck.
There'll be a Tall, skinny, hippie-looking white guy with a Fu Manchu mustache
I'm about five foot nine, a hundred eighty pounds. I have dark hair and a beard
Chuck was an undercover narcotics cop who agreed to meet with Ken. He agreed because he was passionate about wanting to help Ron Stallworth infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan.
Hi I'm Chuck, I'm here to try to jon the Ku Klux Klan
Hi I'm Ken O'dell, I wanna ask you some questions about your intentions in joining the KKK