In Focus

News clipping from an unknown paper documenting the Ku Klux Klan in New Haven for the taping of Sally Jesse Raphael Show, 1987 June 16. Mary Johnson Papers (MS 2050), Box 15, folder 12.

For the Yale and New Haven community, the moment recalls the 1980s, when members of the Ku Klux Klan held marches and rallies across Connecticut. In May 1980, Imperial Wizard Bill Wilkinson of the Invisible Empire, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan came to Hartford, Connecticut, in response to “an influx of applications” received by the hate group. Days after Wilkinson’s announcement, ten Klansmen burned a cross in Hartford near Bradley International Airport. By March 1981, the Klan arrived in Meriden looking for a confrontation.

making gay history - the podcast

Join Eric Marcus and Sara Burningham on January 22, at 2:00 - 3:30 PM in the International Room in Sterling Memorial Library. They will guide you through their award-winning podcast, Making Gay History, bringing the voices of LGBTQ history to life. Together they will explain how they came to mine Eric’s decades-old audio archive of rare interviews to find emotionally powerful and revelatory conversations ...