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An Open Letter & Open Report / 16th Anniversary Of The Historic March Across Dixie
OCTOBER 1, 2018
16th Anniversary of the Historic March Across Dixie
“I’m ready to hold them accountable”
Dear Ms. Lunelle,
Sunday, October 14, 2018 marks the 16th Anniversary of the Historic March Across Dixie, that would see me don in the uniform of the Southern soldier bearing his Colors, marching some 20 miles a day, six days a week, as I, my brothers, and a host of others who would join in, as we made our way to the Texas Supreme Court Building in Austin, Texas.
It is where I would demand that the Testimonial plaque commemorating Honorable General Robert E. Lee’s praise of the men of Texas who stood with the Confederate military against the illegal invading Union army; and a replica plaque of the Confederate Seal be restored.
Commemorative Plaque Removed from the Texas Supreme Court Building by then Governor George Bush prompting the Historic March
While the 3rd District Court of Appeals ruled that no law had been broken by removing the plaques, the usual governmental procedure, including approval of the Texas Historical Commission, had been bypassed.
A Commission that my brother, Terry Lee and I met, and which with gave us their word that the plaques would be replaced after the Presidential election that found then Texas Governor George W. Bush running for that office. Saying that the NAACP had made it difficult for him because of their proclamation that black folks could receive no justice at the Supreme Court because of the plaques on the wall. My estimation expressed to them was: “pure poppycock”!
I say now, as I said then, that after this Commission’s ruling that no new plaques could be placed on the once-owned United Daughters of the Confederacy building; then put the original ones back as given by your word.
If the Historical Commission was bypassed in the removal of the plaques, and they have no backbone to insist they be replaced; then we are to assume they have no enforcement authority as an arm of the State Legislature.
Content discrimination, again, is the rule of the day in the laws of Texas as it applies to United States Congressional venerated veteran and his symbol, the Confederate Battle flag and any and all symbols of the South.
This failure to comply with the verbal agreement must be addressed. I am ready to go and take it up with them, but logistical support holds me back. Funds will be needed for travel, room and board. I will march to Texas and hold them accountable, and encourage and support my Southern family along the way.
If there was any way that I could convince my former support team headed up by the Southern Legal Resource Center, my brother Terry Lee, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Order of the Confederate Rose and the people of the South and many of the North to support the endeavor; on Monday, October 15, 2018; I would began the journey once again as we face new attacks upon our symbols and heritage fueled by a deranged act of a mentally ill Dylan Roof, and a fake news photo-shopped picture that led a Governor to champion the new attack of carnage against our fallen heroic dead, and the honorable Stand made against an illegal invasion of our homeland. God bless you !
Chairman, Board of Advisors Emeritus, Southern Legal Resource Center
Honorary Life Member, Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Recipient, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis Medal
Recipient, National Sons of Confederate Veterans, H.L. Hunley Award
Member, Save Southern Heritage-Florida
Honorary Life Member, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia Order of the Confederate Rose
Recipient, Asheville Police Department Citizenship Award
Recipient, Virginia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans Robert E. Lee Award
President, Southern Heritage 411