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Notes From H.K. - Oct 27, 2006

There is a misplaced notion by those who continue to lead the charge of Southern social and cultural genocide, that they have finally succeeded in their task. As we marched northward towards the nations capitol, never was it more evident that this was truly a misnomer. The ovation of the people as they honked their car horns, shouted out the rebel yell , posed for pictures and left their many blessings surely put holes into that theory as well as the one that they claim all Black people hate the Flag of the Confederate South.

I had been in this arena many times, for after all It is the anniversary months of my historic March Across Dixie. I had come down the Civil Rights Highway, brandishing the Southern Cross while dressed in the uniform of our ancestors; into Selma across the Edmond Pettis Bridge; met the young man whose father housed the entourage of Martin Luther King who had come on the same route, just in the opposite direction; accepted his gifts, encouraging words and a list of names of others from him who in kind would act the same.

As the men of Garland & Rhodes Camp #409 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Michael the President of the Children of the Confederacy, and I marched on 29 north on this Saurday morning, we would approach three young Black boys who also occupied the sidewalk heading south. I wondered their thoughts, and what they would have been had learned with me with my compatriots at the grave site of Levi Carnine , a Black Confederate Soldier who was entrusted with the letters and monies of the men of the great state of Louisiana who wore the Confederate gray; to carry it home over hostile enemy territory; hundreds of miles, with great danger to himself. I wondered what if the great State of Virginia, home of the Capitol of the Confederacy had allowed Confederate History Month, and these young men had learned of Rev.Mack Lee, Body Servant and proud Cook to the Honorable Marse Robert E.Lee ; a man who educated himself from the monies given him by the General, a man who established churches in both the North and South, one of if not the first credit union in America, or of Horace King, the great engineer and bridge builder of Alabama who built great bridges in the service of the Confederacy; would they be thinking ? However, they would relinquish the sidewalk to our delegation in a jester of goodwill, but you could sense their feeling of bewilderment, to witness a Black man leading a procession of men carrying the Confederate Flag. I could only hope that the men I had walked with so far would carry with them the same sense of thought that General Patrick Cleyburn had once tried to deliver to the leadership of the Confederacy, these Africans are our family; they have live amongst far too long to be considered less. We should not let anyone come amongst and make anything else.

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