TV star and St. Louis native Ellie Kemper has been criticized for participating in the 1999 "Veiled Prophet Ball." Online critics dubbed her a "KKK Princess" and denounced the racist history of the Order of the Veiled Prophet. But does the group actually have ties to the KKK? What events are sponsored by the group? Here's a brief history. Production by Michael J. Collins
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Actress and St. Louis native Ellie Kemper issued the apology Monday after critics last week noted she was named queen of the ball in 1999.
Hundreds of people on Twitter took aim at Ellie Kemper and the annual Veiled Prophet Ball and its ties to class and racial conflict in St. Louis.
Even stalwart defenders concede some change may be necessary, and some members are hoping the furor will trigger a real reckoning.