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2019 Ethics in Society speaker Ron Stallworth

Portrait of Ron Stallworth

A conversation with Ron Stallworth, author of Black Klansman
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.
Launer Auditorium


About Ron Stallworth ’05 & ’07

Ron has been a nationally recognized gang expert for two decades, enjoying a 32-year law enforcement career in Colorado, Arizona and Wyoming. He worked as a uniformed patrolman and undercover investigator in vice, criminal intelligence, organized crime, narcotics and criminal street gangs, and retired in 2005 after 20 years of service with the Utah Department of Public Safety.

He was instrumental in establishing the Salt Lake City Area Gang Project, the first multi-jurisdictional gang suppression and diversion task force in Utah, and was selected to be the state’s first and, to date, only gang intelligence coordinator. Stallworth testified before Congress three times and has authored four books on street gang culture and youth violence in America.

Ron also has made significant contributions to higher education. In the early 1990’s, he served as chair of the Utah Peace Officer Standards & Training Minority Scholarship, and in 2008 became a founding member of the Pastor France A. Davis Scholarship Fund, a higher-education fund for minority students. He also established the Ron and Micki Stallworth Criminal Justice Scholarship in honor of his late wife, Micki, at Columbia College-Salt Lake. It was she who always urged him to go back to college and get his degree.

In 2014, He published “Black Klansman”, a personal memoir of his experience as the first black detective of the Colorado Springs Police Department. During his career, he went undercover and successfully infiltrated the local Ku Klux Klan chapter. The book has been a New York Times best-seller, and was used as the basis for Spike Lee’s award-winning movie BlacKkKlansman (2018) from Ron’s memoir and experiences, capturing the upheaval of the 1970’s while offering an biting commentary on current events.

Ron lives in El Paso, Texas, with his wife Patsy. He has two sons, Brandon and Nicolas. Patsy has three daughters: Adriana, Angelica and Vanessa.

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