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Cumming Pictures / An Open Letter

On Tue, Aug 23, 2011, [] wrote:

HK, it was a pleasure seeing and being with you at the Cumming, GA, SCV meeting last night.

Here are a couple of pictures

Doug Allen, Roswell, GA


From: HK Edgerton []
Date: Fri, Aug 26, 2011
To: John Adair []

Dear Lt. Commander Johnny & King Doug,

It was truly an honor and privilege for me to speak to the Col. Hiram Parks Bell Camp #1642, and the members of the public on Monday evening, August 22, 2011 at the beautiful Bell Research Center in Cumming, Ga.. I love the pictures that King Doug sent of himself and the babies. It seems that I’m always having a good time when I’m around him.

However, I want to highlight the smiles on the faces of these babies and myself as I stand amongst them donned in the uniform of the Southern soldier, recapturing a moment in time which is clearly indicative of the kind of love that existed between White folks and Black folks in the Southland of America.

It is a moment that I relive almost daily as this nation prepares to relive a moment on the Capitol Mall when a man proclaimed that he had a dream that one day the sons and daughters of slaves and the sons and daughters of former slave owners would sit down at the Table of Brotherhood. It is a table where the conversation almost inevitably leads to the place of honor and dignity earned beside a man that the African people freed or indentured not only called Master, but also Family and Friend. And never a fearful or evil sigh is leveled at the Christian symbol of our soldiers that depicts those of us present as being Southern . God bless you Sir!

Your brother,