PRESS RELEASE: KING DAY MARCH: CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER CHALLENGES COSA TO LEAVE MEMORIAL ALONE
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KING DAY MARCH: CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER CHALLENGES COSA TO LEAVE CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL ALONE
HK Edgerton at Constitution Plaza Cenotaph
St. Augustine – HK Edgerton, past President of the NAACP and Civil Rights activist, lead a"Table of Brotherhood March" in St. Augustine, Florida yesterday to show his support for protection and preservation of the Constitution Plaza Cenotaph and the role of Black Southerners in the Confederacy.
The March began at Andrew Young Crossing where Mr. Edgerton made a brief statement to supporters and onlookers challenging City Officials to live Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's. dream of a 'table of brotherhood' (full remarks HERE) by leaving the Confederate Dead Memorial alone.
Edgerton used the opportunity of Dr. King's birthday to express his belief that the attacks on the Plaza Cenotaph are not what Dr. King would have wanted. said "Dr. King knew and understood that there would be no brotherhood if you attacked THIS FLAG - and so did Dr. Andrew Young, his #1 man".
"Today I challenge the elected officials and the people of St. Augustine to join me in living the spirit of Dr. King's Dream" Edgerton added. He likened the disrespect of the "Contextualization Plaques" to pulling the chair out from under the Table of Brotherhood.
Edgerton marched to the Plaza Confederate Dead Cenotaph, and saluted it and then knelt in prayer to the fallen heroes of St. Augustine.
After paying tribute at the Cenotaph, Mr. Edgerton and supporters marched down St. George street to the Historic City Gates where he was greeted by applause and much picture taking.
Mr. Edgerton also made a stop at Flagler College where he was greeted with cheers and hugs, as he protested faculty member, Michael Butler, for the "lies" he pushed through on the Cenotaph's Contextualization Plaques. Mr. Edgerton had previously extolled St. Augustine native Dr. Alexander Darnes, as a Black Confederate soldier, during the time he was Aide-de-Camp for Gen. Kirby-Smith, also of St. Augustine.
Edgerton's last stop was the embattled Gen. Loring grave site where Edgerton also paid his respects.
Edgerton served for may years fighting for Black Civil Rights as President of the NAACP in Asheville, NC and turned his attention to fighting for the civil rights for Southerners when he discovered school children, his "babies", were being attacked at school by administrators who prevented them from honoring their Southern Heritage and has been fighting injustice ever since. Mr. Edgerton has been in St. Augustine on numerous occasions and has asked to speak to City Officials, but his requests have been rejected.
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