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Dear Kevin,

If you call the President of the Asheville Branch of the NAACP, John Hayes, at (828) 281-3066, I am sure he will tell you that HK Edgerton is not a member. He will also probably tell you what the NAACP thinks of H.K. Edgerton and his efforts for Southern Heritage. On one hand I have people accusing me of being an implant for the NAACP, and on the other, those accusing me of being kicked out of the NAACP for bankrupting the treasure of the organization. Suppose you are a Life member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and you quit paying your dues and leave, are you not still a life member; how can you resign your life membership? If you are willing to listen, he will probably tell you that H.K. Edgerton has been the biggest thorn in the side of the NAACP since George Wallace. I am so very disappointed in the actions of the NAACP that it sickens me. To fight for the civil and human rights for all of God's children as a President of the NAACP was one of the most proud moments of my life. That fight never included an attack on my Southern Heritage , and the Branch that I Chaired never under my tenure had as a part of it's agenda an attack upon the Confederate Flag. I've have always known by the teachings of my dear Mom who went to be with God, to my knowledge as the very first Black woman to be honored with a Confederate State Funeral, even though some members of the Black community who she tirelessly served in so many ways, tried their very best to dishonor her as they closed the doors of the oldest Black church (Hill Street Baptist) in the City of Asheville five minutes before the service was to take place, with the very table of brotherhood that Martin Luther King always espoused. I caution all who look upon disdain at the NAACP that you cannot look upon all the members of the organization as such. There are those within who speak out very vehemently about the hypocritical attack on the flag, and believe very strongly that if any attack upon a flag it should have been the Stars and Stripes. When you send 300 children to a freshman class, and in the senior year, there are only 75 to graduate, and ten of those have certificates of attendance; you look around for some way to voice your disdain for it, and there sits the NAACP, and organization that supposedly has the clout to be heard, when your babies are standing on the corners with their pants hanging down to their ankles, dealing drugs with no hope; you hope that you can reach them because you have the clout of being the President of an organization that is suppose to fight for them, when old people are put out of their homes because of taxation and condemnation procedures by a government that controls all the carrot and grant monies to help them, but pockets the money and takes their property; they come to the only place visible that they think will fight for them; and I can tell you that many times I heard "Mr.. Edgerton, we know that you fight for Black people , but will you help us please, and I did because my father a Baptist Preacher,always told his children that Jesus loves all the children, Red, Yellow, Black and White. I even heard Julian Bond say when he took the helm of the NAACP that the word Colored no longer meant Black people , but all people of color; yet he leads the fight on the civil rights of my Southern family.