Kennedy headed the Florida Folklife program at the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s. There he headed the collection of oral histories of freed slaves; he also worked with writer Zora Neale Hurston. In the 1940s he went undercover to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan in Georgia. The information he gathered was sent to Drew Pearsonâ€™s national radio program and resulted in Kennedy's book, THE KLAN UNMASKED. He was also a protÃ©gÃ© of Alan Lomax and Woody Guthrie. Kennedy was in town to speak about his experiences to students at Eckerd College.