Thank you for your kindness!
In an article in the Times-Union of 4/28/08, you have some very favorable remarks about Southern Heritage, the Southern cause, and our deceased veterans of the War Against Northern Aggression, a horrendous conflict. I am an apologist for Southern Heritage, a cause to which I was drawn three years ago, with an experience very similar to my personal conversion experience to Christianity in 1985. I saw news of your participation in the SCV memorial event in the on-line newsletter, Southern Heritage News & Views, owned by Chuck Demastus.
This e-mail is to thank you very much for your understanding of Southern Heritage, and your bold verbalization of same. You are pouring a healing salve on unhealed and open wounds that have existed for a long time. As an expression of my personal appreciation to you, I am asking Mr. Jack Marlar (a regional field rep with Sons of Confederate Veterans based in SC) to send you a copy of a CD by Rosland Bowie Hollaway, a black woman with a world-class voice. It will be sent to:
Jacksonville City Councilwoman Glorious Johnson
P. O. Box 1949
Jacksonville, FL 32231
Again, thank you for the position you have taken to acknowledge our loss.
P.S.- I live in Virginia and the state Department of Motor Vehicles here has been selling Sons of Confederate Veterans license tags for several years. Due to demand, the local DMV also now sells a Robert E. Lee tag.
RE: Thank you for your kindness!
Dear Mr. Stewart, Mr. Demastus, and Mr. Marlar,
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
When I decided to run for office, I did so because it was my firm conviction, that the average citizen and taxpayer was not getting adequate or fair representation from their local government. I also knew that I could not rely on the long standing power structure in Jacksonville to help me win a seat on the City Council. Their support and money was generally reserved for the candidates they knew would likely do their bidding. If I were to win, I would have to appeal to the everyday people of Jacksonville, the small business owners, teachers, construction workers, secretaries, working moms and dads of all economic levels, of every race and every religion. My campaign would be one of boots on the ground. That is what I needed to do and that is what I did.
My desire was to represent all the people including those who felt they were without a voice in local city government. The ones who felt their needs and desires were being overrun by big business and large corporate enterprises. There were many people who felt that no one was listening to them. So I spoke with and embraced everyone. I did more than kiss babies. I went to the communities themselves. I embraced the diversity of the citizenry of Jacksonville and the citizens embraced me. I visited the young and elderly, went to their homes, their clubs, ate dinner with them, attended their churches and as a black woman I took it upon myself to make sure that I reached out to all racial groups up to and including the self proclaimed "Red Necks" of Jacksonville.
They were perhaps the group most surprised by my willingness to know them, reach across perceived racial boundaries and take to heart their concerns. As a result they embraced my candidacy, worked for my campaign and in a light hearted move of friendship; they made me an "Honorary Redneck". I am just as proud to represent them as every other hard working citizen in the city. I will never forget how hard the little guys, the average citizen, worked for me.
Now as a City Councilwoman At Large, I remember the ones I am fighting for and will always respect their time and efforts to get me elected, no matter who they are. From welfare moms to small business owners, to every man, woman and child in Jacksonville. We must all work together in understanding to create the best possible Jacksonville for us all. My world is one of inclusion, not exclusion.
As Dr. Martin Luther King stated, "Cowardice asks the question, "Is safe?" Expediency asks the question, "Is it politics?" Vanity asks the question "Is it popular?" But conscience asks the question "Is it right?" And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but because conscience tells one it is right."
We are not different races of people; we are one race – ‘The Human Race,’
LET’S MAKE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN OUR CITY, OUR STATE AND OUR COUNTRY – WE ARE AMERICANS
Note regarding the song "Dixie:" As a former music teacher. I would study the history of various songs and share the information with my students. "Dixie" was one of them. The song originated in the minstrel shows in the 1850s, telling the story of a freed black slave pining for the plantation of his birth. The song was adopted during the Civil War. Lew and Ben Snowden, who were black banjo players collaborated with Daniel Emmet (writer of the song), The Snowden Family were a well known traveling family around the southern and northern region. On the grave marker for Ben and Lew Snowden, set in 1976 by the Black American Legion Post, reads, "They taught "Dixie" to Dan Emmett. They were born in Mount Vernon, Ohio.
God bless you,
Council Member Glorious J. Johnson
Group 5, At-Large
117 West Duval Street, Suite #425
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
(904) 630-1387 (Office)
(904) 630-2906 (Fax)