WAFB Channel 9, Baton Rouge, LA |David Duke denied use of Memphis hotels You may not like David Duke, but just think of the reaction if Al Sharpton were treated the same way. MEMPHIS, TN (WAFB) - Former KKK grand wizard, David Duke, is making headlines again. The former Louisiana state representative is hosting a conference in north Mississippi this weekend, but he's not getting a lot of support from the locals just south of Memphis. Duke has some strong words for our nation as it elects its first black president. However, he won't be able to share those words in several places in Tennessee. Two areas near Memphis dismissed Duke and his group. He wanted to stage his white civil rights group conference at the Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center, but after receiving some criticism, it canceled Duke's plans at the location. Duke was not happy with the move and says they are playing with his rights. "And certainly, we have the right to express them in Memphis, Tennessee, New Orleans or Chicago, or anywhere else in this country," he says.