Bob Jones dreamed of making his North Carolina Klan a powerful voting block. To do this, he staged street walks to show the "human side" of Klan members, and to prove that his Klan had nothing to hide.
The Ku Klux Klan has been a presence in America on and off since Reconstruction in the late 1800s, using symbols as powerful intimidation tools.
On August 14, 1966 over 5,000 people gathered at the Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh, North Carolina to support Klan leaders under investigation by the Federal Government.
In order to maintain his power as Grand Dragon, Bob Jones cultivated a careful balance between promoting the militant message of the Klan, while still appearing to be nonviolent.