“All through my life a lot of people would read my name, they would assume that I’m from New York, I’m a Jew, and so on, not knowing that [my] Daddy’s a Methodist preacher and a member of the Klan,” said Zellner, a leader in the historic Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC,) who helped lead civil rights actions and recruited other young white people to the cause, in 2016 . “There’s not a lot of Jewish people who are members of the Klan,” he laughed. Zellner’s father, a Methodist minister and KKK-member, raced to Europe during World War II to help with the Jewish resistance. When he returned to Alabama, he broke with the Klan. His wife recycled Zellner’s white robes, making white shirts for her children to wear to Sunday school.