The Rev. France Davis wasn't shaken by a threatening letter he received recently, signed by the "KKK."

Instead, Davis used the letter in a sermon on Sunday when he was telling his congregation at Calvary Baptist Church about the "need to be bold and to stand up for what we believe to be right."

Davis used the letter to illustrate, "there will be those who will try to stop you."

Davis, a civil rights advocate who at one time marched with Rosa Parks, says he is perhaps targeted because "I'm not the quietest guy in town."

He didn't report the threat to the police, Davis said. He said he gets similar threatening letters once or twice a year and no longer gets worked up. If anything, he said, it adds to his determination.

"I've learned to live with it for the last 40 years," he said. "I've reported it to the police and the FBI before, and they've checked into it. There's nothing they can do about it."

The letter, signed "KKK ... 5,000 strong in Utah," read in part: "We hope all n----- catch AIDS and drop dead so our country can get rid of them. Better yet haul them out to the garbage dump pour gas on them and burn them."