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Cross Burning In Shreveport Points To Roy E. Davis

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Cross Burning In Shreveport Points To Roy E. Davis:

Soon after William Branham's Shreveport, Louisiana campaigns in November of 1960, the Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan activities were widely publicized in the Shreveport Area. Roy E. Davis, Imperial Wizard of the OKKK held massive Klan recruiting campaigns, some of which resulted in violence and protests in the area. Davis had been in Louisiana for 6 months, and according to him the membership drives were successful. Davis is recorded saying that the Shreveport area had 1,000 men strong and 3 new charters were about to be issued in the local area.

Davis also announced that he would be organizing a Woman's Unit called the White Karmellia. He claimed that the Klan's objectives are "were to fight for states rights, constitutional government and White Supremacy". Davis also said "Negroes were turning the White Man's government into a Mongrel government." He went on to say the Klan would not let them do it, regardless of what this statement may imply."

The climax of this series of membership drives was a cross burning on the front lawn of United States Representative Overton Brooks. Brooks had recently helped push a vote through the House to increase the size of the Rules Panel, and appoint newer, more liberal members. Many white supremacy groups saw this as a way to allow the advancement of more civil rights legislation. A few days after his vote was cast, he was the target of a threat in the form of a fiery cross in his front lawn.

Investigative reporters at The Times (Shreveport) recognized that the burning coincided with Roy E. Davis of Dallas, the national imperial leader of the Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. This nationally publicized event placed Shreveport at the center of attention during the battle for Civil Rights, and opened the door to one of many federal investigations into Davis, the man who started the (Pentecostal) Missionary Baptist Church that later became the Branham Tabernacle in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

New articles added to our Roy E. Davis page:
(The Times - Shreveport, Feb 9, 1961. Also see the Arkansas Gazette - Little Rock - February 10, 1961)

More on Davis' Church that later became the Branham Tabernacle:

More information on the connection between William Branham and Roy E. Davis can be found in "Stone Mountain to Dallas - The Untold Story of Roy E. Davis":