Former KKK Leader Turned Minister Addresses Racism Issues in Com - KOAM TV 7

Former KKK Leader Turned Minister Addresses Racism Issues in Community

A former white supremacist visits Joplin to share his story of change, and acceptance. The Ku Klux Klan has been known for decades as a white supremacy group. Now, former leader Johnny Lee Clary has changed his ways and is traveling the nation, preaching acceptance and racial unity.

Raised in a home of hatred in Del City Oklahoma, Johnny Lee Clary left, and was on his own at the age of 11.He began traveling the streets of Los Angles, searching for acceptance.

"I needed a family. And if I would come join the KKK, they would protect me and be my family." Clary explains.

The Ku Klux Klan became his way of living - burning crosses, and promoting white supremacy across the country.

"I made a lot of wrong choices and eventually I worked my way up the ranks and One day I became the imperial wizard of the KKK, but there was a price to pay for accepting that position." he says.
Struggling with alcohol use and depression, Clary turned to the bible, seeking forgiveness and acceptance from those he once wronged.
"You have to learn to love other people and learn to respect other people." Clary says.
Pastor Brent Sheppard, of Living Water Family Church - the host of the presentation says: "To have somebody of this particular persuasion that comes from a story of racism and hate and if you understand his story from even the time when he was a young child and how he was brought up with hatred, it was pretty much instilled in him from his youth."

Clary now shares his beliefs across the nation, telling his story in Joplin, and targeting the racism that hits small towns, like the one he grew up in.

"They go into the small towns to hide from the public and a lot of them have success when they get into these rural areas." Clary says.
Sheppard explains "He's got a certain draw and magnetism that its just a compelling story that I think needs to be told in this community. And its for racial relationships and healing and i think its just a fantastic opportunity to bring some of that to joplin."

Clary will host additional presentations this weekend.
He will be speaking at the Living Water Family Church inside the Holiday Inn on Saturday at 7 p.m. as well as Sunday at 7 p.m.

For more information on Clary, visit his website at:

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