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Our dad was in the Klan: ‘If you don’t learn your history, then you’re doomed to relive it’


Our dad was in the Klan: ‘If you don’t learn your history, then you’re doomed to relive it’

Third in a three-part series

Leland and Sonny Boyd say some relatives and old friends wonder why they are speaking publicly about their father’s involvement in the Ku Klux Klan in 1960s Louisiana.

But to them, talking about growing up in an abusive and violently segregated atmosphere is necessary in today’s social landscape.

“If you don’t study your history, if you don’t learn your history, then you’re doomed to relive it,” Sonny, 74, said. “There are now two generations of people who didn’t have to live through that. And so they don’t really have an understanding of it, and how some people hold the old views the way they do and how some people came out of it seemingly unscathed. We didn’t come out unscathed. We bear the scars of what happened.” 

Leland, 70, said their father, Earcel Boyd, “was a pretty good man to start off with. But something changed over the years.”

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The stories have received thanks from the family members of victims and have earned regional and national acclaim.


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