Rev. Louis Coleman’s “Interesting” Connections

Al Benson Jr.

As it is probably known to all in the Southern Heritage Movement by now, the Rev.
Louis Coleman of the Justice Resource Center in Louisville, Kentucky has been
making a fuss over Confederate symbols at Allen High School in Floyd County, Kentucky,
over in Appalachia, a bit of a way from his native stomping ground in Louisville.

Rev. Coleman is supposed to speak to a school board meeting in Floyd County
sometime during the month of January, 2007. Seeing that the month is about half
over, that meeting has to come pretty quick. Coleman will attempt to get the
school board to force Allen Central to do away with their school’;s Confederate
symbols. I hope the school board there will display a little intestinal fortitude
(guts) and tell Rev. Coleman politely to mind his own business, as what they
do in schools in Floyd County is their business, not his.

Given Rev. Coleman’s background and associations, though, it is not at all
suprising that he would be in the forefront of the attempt to obliterate Confederate
symbols when and wherever he finds them. His associations with those on the
political far Left bear this out. Just a small example if you please.

Enter Anne Braden, who just passed away this past year. She and Rev. Coleman
have had some association with each other. There is, on the Internet, a photo
of her and Rev. Coleman, with others, standing side by side at a "Myles
Horton 100th Birthday Party in Louisville, Kentucky in July of 2005." Well,
so what, you say. Bear with me. Myles Horton was one of the founders of the
Highlander Folk School in Monteagle, Tennessee. He said of his school "Here
in the mountains, should the economic situation become pressing enough, the
people could be made to understand that the socialization of property would
give them more personal freedom…Here was an opportunity to direct the American
revolutionary tradition towards a cooperative society operated by and for the
workers…Many strike songs are as class-conscious as the writings of Karl Marx…"
In other words, Horton was using this "folk school" as a vehicle for
the promotion of Communist propaganda.

In fact, The Joint Legislative Committee onf Un-American Activities for the
state of Louisiana has listed Highlander Folk School as a "Communist training
school." So Rev. Coleman and Anne Braden were photographed together at
this party for one of the founders of a Communist training school–which is
not really surprising, seeing that Anne Braden and her husband, the late Carl
Braden, were both identified in sworn testimony as Communists. For years they
operated the Southern Conference Educational Fund (SCEF) which was a Communist
front group. Rev. Coleman keeps interesting company. The picture of he and Anne
Braden is part of an article on the Internet for the Highlander Research and
Education Center in an article dealing with Anne Braden. Check out
and see for yourself.

Some might well say that one association could be coincidental, and well it
might be, except that this isn’t the only one. There is another outfit out there
operating among us great unwashed, the Coalition for the People’s Agenda. Interesting
name. Folks from this group meet regularly at the Braden Center, 3208 W. Broadway
in Louisville, Kentucky. Now who do you suppose the Braden Center is named for???
At any rate, this group has a whole litany of leftist programs going on. Anyone
who has read Communist propaganda during the 1950s and 60s has already seen
this type of stuff–it’s not really new. It has just been repackaged a little
so it will sell to the contemporary crowd (they hope). This organization has
something going called "The People’s Agenda" and guess who two of
the authors and planners were for this project–Anne Braden and Rev. Louis Coleman.
My, my. Birds of a feather and all that!

It would seem that Rev. Coleman’s political associations place him way, way
over at the left of the political specturm–not exactly in the mainstream of
American thought. So why, pray tell, should patriotic Americans in Floyd County,
Kentucky seek to rid themselves of their Confederate symbols for his sake or
for the sake of others of his ilk? The theological and political Left has always
been in the forefront of the opposition against the Confederacy and her symbols
and flags. It was so in the 1860s and it is no different today. Their Leftist
propaganda needs to be exposed for what it is–divisive class hatred and an
abiding hatred for anything Southern, Confederate, or Christian.

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