Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (1974)
|Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
The Knights Party
|Civil Rights for Whites
|Ku Klux Klan
|Harrison, Arkansas (current)
The group operated several months earlier before incorporation. Based in Louisiana, Duke presented the new Klan as a professional white peoples organization emphasizing nonviolence and total legality. Women and Catholics were welcomed to join the organization as full members. The group had two newspaper publications: The Crusader (April, 1975-April, 1978) and The White Patriot (ca. 1979-1984).
Duke continued as Klan leader until 1979 when he stepped down to form the National Association for the Advancement of White People (NAAWP) Duke’s main lieutenant Don Black assumed leadership of the Klan organization. Black was later convicted of violating the Neutrality Act after an abortive attempt to invade the island-country of Dominica. While Don Black was in prison, Stanley McCollum took over the organization and controlled the group for eight years. Thom Robb, a Christian Identity minister, heads the orgainzation today as The Knights Party.
The KKKK was largely sabotaged by the FBI through their agent, Bill Wilkinson, who set up a rival KKK group in 1975 headquartered in Denham Springs, Louisiana. Wilkinson's government inspired Klan poached around 3/4ths of the membership of Duke's organization. Despite the decline of the group, it had some long term impact: David Duke would go on to become a prominent spokesman in the pro-white movement for decades to come, while Don Black later founded the website Stormfront, which gained significant popularity in the internet age.