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Originally posted by chief_counsellor
Wikipedia has some good information regarding the founding of the Knights of St. Peter Claver.
Blacks were never banned from becoming members. However in the early 1900's, there were many times that a member was voted down because he was black and was denied entrance into a council. Supreme Council made some changes to discourage this from happening as time went on. For example, 5 "no's" during voting to bar a member, was changed to a majority vote . Supreme Knight Hart worked hard to make sure and encourage Blacks from joining the Knights of Columbus.