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The March To East Tennessee State University / An Open Report

On Wednesday July 26, I would travel across the mountains to the world famous
Dixie Barbeque Restaurant where I would park my sisters car and
began the some ten mile march to East Tennessee State University
carrying the glorious Christian Cross of St. Andrew(the Confederate
Battle Flag). It would take longer for me to make this journey than
any other ten mile trek I can remember, because of the large number
of people who just wanted to know why I was marching up Roan Street
carrying the flag, or just to take a picture of me, or with me.

I told them as I would tell the reporter and photographer of the
Johnson City Daily Newspaper that my reasons for marching today
was two fold: 1. I was preparing myself for the March that I would
take on October 14, 2006 from the Dixie OutFitter franchise store
in Lynchburg, Va. to Washington, D.C.. The date was chosen because
it just happened to be the 3 year anniversary date of the Historic
March Across Dixie. 2. I was marching to the University where I
would register a formal complaint against Professor Andrew Slap
because of his public humiliation of T.K. Owens in a class room
session whose topic was centered around the War Between the States.
Professor Slap would ask T.K. as he had asked other students, what
the Confederate Battle flag meant to him ? T.K. would respond that
his opinion would be different from many of those he had heard because
his great grand father had been a Confederate Soldier who had earned
a place of honor under this great banner, and furthermore had just
recently been honored by the Sons of Confederate Veterans in a memorial
service . Professor Slap wasted no time in telling the class that
T.K.’s family history was wrong, there had been no Black Confederate
soldiers, and further that the Sons were only trying to improve
their tainted image and had used T.K.’s family to do so.

I have made longer marches, but none was more gratifying as I was
met and accompanied by several of my babies from Maryville, Tennessee
who were now students at the university. Along with the press we
made our way over to the Presidents office where his very, very
nice assistant directed us to how we could lodge our complaint.
I was told to contact Dr.Colin Baxter, the History Department Chair
, and if I did not receive a satisfactory response, to continue
on to Dr. Gordon Anderson, the Dean of Students, and if still no
workable solution, to please come back and see Dr.Bach, the President.
Along with my babies Andy, Ty, Hooper, Adam the reporter and his
photographer, we made our way over to the History Department where
we were told that Dr. Baxter was not in. I told a nice gentleman
that would call or return on another day until my complaint had
been heard. I presented each of the students with one of my historic
tee shirts from Dixie OutFitters Modern Day Heroes line, and they
promptly hag on the wall of Pike House on the campus. I returned
to Dixie Barbecue with my babies and met with Commander Jim Maddux,
the Brigade Commander of the Tennessee Sons, gave him a report on
the days activities while all my babies met Mr.. Howell the owner
who just happened to be a Candidate for Congress and a much liked
philanthropist in the community.