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Civil Rights Activist Hk Edgerton To Appear In Tampa To Discuss Southern Voter Strategies
HK Edgerton, noted Civil Rights activist, past president of the NAACP (Ashville, NC Chapter) and President of Southern Heritage 411, (www.Southernheritage411.com) will be in Tampa next week for a series of appearances leading up to the RNC.
Edgerton’s schedule includes a Media Day for the national and international press corps in town to cover the Republican National Convention. It will afford national, regional and international media an opportunity to interact with Southern voters with diverse faces and hear what is important to voters in the South, including why candidates like Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich garnered significant support.
A Press Conference on Southern Voter Strategies will commence at 9 a.m., with remarks by Edgerton, as well as local representatives of non-stereotypical southern populations such as Jewish, Spanish, Brazilian, and Native-American Southern-Americans. The event represents a unique opportunity for insight into the multi-cultural, diverse complexity of ‘the South’ from spokesmen united through ancestors that had common cause: liberty, independence and State’s rights.
Media Day will commence at 8 a.m. and run through 12:00 noon on Friday, August 24th. It will be held at Confederate Memorial Park. The event will be hosted by the Judah P. Benjamin Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) (www.tampascv.com)
Saturday, Edgerton will be guest lecturer for the August luncheon meeting of the United Daughters of the Confederacy Chapter 2640 and the Benjamin SCV Camp in Temple Terrace on Saturday. More info: www.augustajanesudc.org.
Edgerton’s visit will conclude with a fundraising golf tournament and reception on Sunday with proceeds designated for educational trips centered around public attacks on beloved symbols of the South, such as the recent call for dismissal of Police Chief Agatha Gilmore in Lake City, Florida for posing for a photograph with visitors during the town’s Olustee Battle Festival. (More info: http://columbiacountyobserver.com/
Edgerton, who worked had in hand with Dr. Martin Luther King in the 1960’s, turned his attention to the civil rights attacks on Southern Christians as he saw children, affectionately called “his babies”, attacked for expressing their love for their family and their heritage. Since then, Edgerton has walked thousands of miles carrying his large Confederate Battle Flag through cities and towns and down country roads. He speaks at venues all over the country teaching history and setting the record straight regarding the role of Black Americans in the history of the South.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans is a heredity society formed in 1896 for the male descendants of the Southern soldier.