My wife’s great-grandfather’s encounter with the Ku Klux Klan

This article was originally published in The Christian Science Monitor.

Every year in observance of Black History Month, I look for a special story that exemplifies the spirit of black history. By spirit I mean its essence and enduring message. After finding this story, which may have been shared with me by family or friends or seen in a film or photograph or heard on the radio, I spend the month cherishing more deeply the spiritual truths shared. Observing Black History Month in this way has blessed me. Again and again it affirms my understanding of the ever-presence of divine Love forever active in our lives.

This month I have been cherishing a story about my wife’s great-grandfather Joe “Man” Suttles, the son of a former slave. The story takes place during a time in US history when the Ku Klux Klan, a white supremacist organization, began terrorizing blacks as well as those who supported blacks.

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