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An Open Report / Dedication Day Ceremonies

June 1, 2007

As I prepare to deliver the keynote addresses in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday June, 2 in the Old Grey Cemetery, (the oldest public cemetery in Knoxville) and at Elm Wood Cemetery on Sunday, June 3, 2007 in Springfield, Tennessee , for the Decoration Day Ceremonies to honor the Confederate dead ; I cannot help but to feel the tremendous honor bestowed upon me the grandson of former slaves. For those Black Confederate Veterans who fought side by side with their White Compatriots, and attended veterans meetings for many decades I shall speak . For those Africans and their White families who stayed at home and were victims of sanctioned Federal government acts of violence against unarmed men and women ; I shall speak. I shall speak of the ploy of revisionist Northern historians who cast the Confederacy as the real villains of the War Between the States, and slavery as the reason for their entrance into this epoch. I shall speak of the irony of what had to be the greatest missionary mission of God, even in lieu of the economic institution of slavery , and the shackles that bound so many bodies ; because for those who were headed to a place called the Southland of America, they would learn of Jesus Christ from men like the Honorable Reverend R.L.Dabney , General Stonewall Jackson , and General Robert E. Lee who would free all those slaves he inherited, yet who felt powerless to change their their human conditions, and like many Southerners braved the terrors of public opinion, and taught their slaves to read the scriptures. Finally I shall tell those gathered, that it was the modus operandi of love taught by these men from the Christian Bible that a man called Master, and the other called Slave, found for each other in the Southland that kept them side by side in the greatest conflict to ever face this nation, and all the evils perpetrated by that man who was to be their conqueror to push them apart during the so called period of Reconstruction , and modernist propaganda, and disinformation that has been repeated over, and over in our schools , media, churches and homes until it now is assumed as truth .

As Chairman of the Board of Advisors Emeritus of the Southern Legal Center, and now President of Southern Heritage 411, an organization that strives to illuminate the truth as it pertains to the real experiences of blacks and whites in the South as they have struggled together to maintain the principles of a limited, democratic and representative government as espoused by America's founding fathers ; I am honored to bring forward the table of brotherhood in these two important events as a proud Son of the South.