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RE: 2009 LU Civil War Seminar
Dear Mr. Rowlette,
Please forgive me Sir if I appear impertinent. I would love to accept an invitation to speak about Black Confederates in 2010. It would be a grand honor. However, I beg to differ with your assessment that your theme is not applicable now. The problem for me and the millions of Southern Blacks whose families fought and died and earned a place of honor and dignity beside his family in this great war is that those who you have invited to your seminar are as guilty as any who have discarded that honor in the process of their works. Neither they or Hollywood speak of Napoleon Nelson in the same breath of the Honorable General Nathan Bedford Forrest, or any of the heroic Black Confederate soldiers and the deeds that made them and their families heroic.
The tragedy for those of us who look like me and are right in the middle of the Cold War Between the States watch helplessly as our White Southern brothers miss the point that they are losing because they don’t know how to civil rights fight when the opportunity avails them. In the hostile courts of this land, it is very easy for those attorneys who fight against my Southern babies to use Black folks as their weapon of choice against the flag because the public school system, Hollywood, and with the exception of a great contemporary author, Kelly Barrows who wrote The Forgotten Confederate; we are always separated or regulated to miniscule roles in the historic accountings.
Sure CBN Anchorman Lee Webb will talk about “Reporting the War Between the States Today, but will he talk about it from the perspective of a Black man who made the Historic March Across Dixie confabulating with friendly and hostile forces along the way, held the hand of and marched with young Candice Hardwick as she made her way to a school in Latta, South Carolina that would torture her for being Southern, and one who has conducted as many interviews as Elvis Presley, is called upon everyday by some Southern baby, be he or she on the battlefield of Iraq or Afghanistan, or some place of employment where they have made a stand for the honor of their honorable ancestors and the symbol of the Southern Cross.
I would love to be at your seminar to look Bruce Chadwick, Ron Maxwell, Lee Webb, David Sachsman, Ken Elstow, Mel Reid, and Katherine Lane Antolini right in the eyes and tell them all a different story than the ones they will and have brought forward about a people who call the South home.
God bless you Sir, and thanks for your time and consideration.