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Black History Month / An Open Report

On Friday morning, February 16, 2007, I would once again adorn the uniform of the Southern Soldier, pick up his glorious banner, and spend some two hours in the morning chill at the corner of Main street in the beautiful downtown of Black Mountain, North Carolina. I would later travel to the campus of Montreat College, where I would spend a great deal of the morning confabulating with the many students inquiring of the why's that brought me there on this beautiful winters morning. I would speak the names of Levi Carnine of Louisiana, Napoleon Nelson who rode with General Forrest, Horace King, the bridge builder for the Confederacy, Holt Collier, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp of Mississippi named so in his honor, Reverend Mack Lee, the builder of churches, and perhaps the very first credit union in America. On this day I would tell them of the men who looked like me who wore the Confederate Gray, and as surely as I stood there , on this very campus where so called Black History is celebrated; their names or exploits would no be mentioned.

I would leave Montreat and head over the mountains to the campus of East Tennessee State University, where I would set up a vigil at the History Department where earlier in the year I was able to extract an apology from the Department Chair, the Honorable Dr. Collin Baxter because a young Black student, T.K.Owens had faced a degrading moment from a Northern Professor Andrew Slap , who had shamed him in front of a class, because of his proclamation that his Great, Great, Great Grandfather was a Confederate Soldier, and had earned a place of honor under the Southern Cross. I am so very gratified at the wonderful reception, and dialogue that I received from the many students who like those at Montreat who had let the moment of Black History Month slip away without acknowledging the time of the Black Confederate Soldier, his family and their exploits that earned them a place of honor and dignity in the annals of American History in the defense of their homeland; the Southland of America.

As Fred Taylor, my dear friend and brother from the Great State of Virginia will tell you, tomorrow February 18, 2007 is the birthday of a one HK Edgerton, who was born 87 years from the day that the Honorable President Jefferson Davis, gave his first Inauguration Speech on the steps of the then Capitol of the Confederacy in Montgomery, Alabama. I f I could have one birthday wish; I would wish that the Kentucky Division of the Sons Of Confederate Veterans write a letter to the Kentucky State Attorney General, inquiring that he began a criminal and civil investigation into the actions of the basketball coach of David High School in Floyd County, and of all those who are complicit in his criminal actions to inflame the Black community, and others of the community by perpetuating a fraud against the students at Allen Central High School, the Confederate Battle Flag, and further that the Superintendent explain his actions of a suppose ban placed upon myself from speaking to the student populous during Black History Month, and just how long is this suppose ban to be in place.

We shall culminate our Black History celebrations in the Great State of Florida, beginning next week; I would hope that my family would please send me a charitable donation so that we might turn the worm in Florida, as the Sons of Confederate Veterans have reached out to their Black family there. I want to make an everlasting impression there; it is going to be a wonderful opportunity. Please help me.

Your Brother,
HK