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Pitts: A great moment in black history

Pitts: A great moment in black history

Note: Leonard Pitts Jr. wrote this column in 2006 based on an interview with Ron Stallworth, who, 12 years later, is the subject of Spike Lee's latest film, "BlacKkKlansman." In 1979, Stallworth was an intelligence officer with the Colorado Springs police department. He infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan, a hate group, and even developed a relationship with leader David Duke.

And now here's this week's episode of Great Moments in Black History.

The year is 1979. Jimmy Carter is in office, disco is on the radio and Ron Stallworth has just joined the Ku Klux Klan.

We are indebted to the Deseret Morning News, of Salt Lake City, for revealing this in an...