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Daryl Davis - American R&B and Blues Musician

Daryl Davis (born March 26, 1958) is an American R&B and blues musician, activist, author, actor, and bandleader. Known for his energetic style of boogie-woogie piano, Davis has played with such musicians as Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, B. B. King, Bruce Hornsby, and Bill Clinton.

His efforts to improve race relations, in which as an African-American he engaged with members of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), have been reported on by media such as CNN, NPR, and The Washington Post. Davis summed up his advice as: "Establish dialogue. When two enemies are talking, they're not fighting."

Davis is a Christian and has used his religious beliefs to convince Klansmen to leave and denounce the KKK.

He is the subject of the 2016 documentary Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America.