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An Open Report / The Month of February
February has been deemed as so called Black History Month. And I would like to thank Dixie Outfitters, Ms. Lunelle Siegel and the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Order of the Confederate Rose, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Zaks Furniture of Tennessee, Dixie Barbecue of Johnson City, Tennessee, and so many individuals for their support in allowing me to present a side of history that has been squashed from the memory of the American people of the role of the African people in support of the Southland of America before, during and after the War Between the States.
My little brother Terry Lee and I would begin the month at the Lee Jackson Banquet at the invitation of Commander Tim Massey of the John Hunt Morgan Camp 2053 in Greenville, Tennessee.
Alongside the Honorable Ron Huff of the Jackson Rangers Sons of Confederate Veterans, on February 5, 2011, I would speak to the eighth grade class in Charter Summit School located in Cashiers, North Carolina. The standing ovations I received by the class, its history teacher and principal was most heartwarming.
At the invitation of Lt. Commander Mike Heat of the Rebels In Grey Sons of Confederate Veterans, to a full house at the Toxaway Baptist Church in Union, South Carolina, I would again receive a very heart warming standing ovation, not to mention the Tan Brain hat that I would talk a mighty fine gentleman out of on the Battlefield where the Battle of Oconee County takes place yearly.
On President’s Day, February 21, 2011, donned in the uniform of the Southern soldier, I would arrive in Latta, South Carolina, home of the Honorable young Candice Hardwick, who needs no introduction, and around 6:00 AM, station myself across the street from the front door of Latta High School.
After six hours, I would be joined by young Candice in the vigil I had staged that morning to the delight of so many who would pass and those who would just gawk from the school house. I don’t believe the Principal was having a good day. Candice and I would spend another three hours being championed by the students and community. God bless those individuals from the houses where we stood who bought food and drink. It had been a very long day. To a packed house at the Masonic Lodge in downtown Latta, at the invitation of the Col. E.T. Stackhouse Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1576, in honor of the contributions of the African people during the War Between the States and so called Black History Month, I would praise Candice for her glorious stand for Southern Heritage and to a standing ovation, I would deliver the keynote speech.
Tuesday morning February 22, 2011, I would journey to East Flat Rock, North Carolina, and alongside the Honorable Ms. Melissa Capps and Mr. Harold Wilson, father of the young Ms. Michaela Wilson, stage another vigil outside the doors of Flat Rock Middle School where young Michaela’s Principal had banned her and other students from wearing shirts that bore the Southern Cross.
On February 24, 2011, the Asheville Tribune Newspaper cover would carry the following caption – Local Middle School: Guilty of Southern Cultural Genocide.
To end out this month of so called Black History celebrations, I would receive an email message from Ms. Devita Howell of Pensacola, Florida, whose young daughter attending Ferry Pass Elementary School had chosen to do a report on myself for Black History Month, only to be told that I had not done anything for the black community and that she would have to choose someone else. Discrimination at its very best!