Civil rights worker Bob Zellner grew up in a Klan family in lower Alabama.
In The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement (New South Books, 2008), he tells how he became a civil rights activist starting in his college days in Montgomery Alabama.
He later became a field secretary of the Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and
Zellner eventually migrated to Southampton, New York where he taught at the former Southampton College of Long Island University.
He became active in the local NAACP branch and he defended members of the Shinnecock Nation as they protested the desecration of sacred land, for which he was arrested and injured by New York State Police.
This is an East End Ink extra, presented on February 18, 2015.
East End Ink returns next Wednesday with another piece of black (American) history: Civil rights icon and founder of the Algebra Project, Bob Moses, talks about the history of education for black people and more.