Save Southern Heritage
PRIVATE DINNER WITH HK EDGERTON
Friday, May 24 2019 – Tampa, FL
6 p.m. – Check in
All Registered Guests will receive notification about private residence venue.
$20.00 per person
(Salad & Biscuits, Fried & Baked Chicken, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Banana Pudding & Sweet Tea)
LIMITED TO THE FIRST 15 REGISTRANTS
Mr. Edgerton will be in Florida and has agreed to appear at an intimate dinner and to discuss his recent efforts in Florida and round the nation.
If you haven’t met Mr. Edgerton, don’t miss out on this opportunity.
Special Note: At registration, you will have the opportunity to join Save Southern Heritage, FL to support the efforts around the State including: Lakeland, Hollywood, Bradenton, St. Augustine and more.
Hosted by Save Southern Heritage
ABOUT HK EDGERTON:
He saw it coming. That day in Dallas, Texas in 1991 at the National Convention of the NAACP, HK Edgerton, then president of the Ashville Branch, along with his brother, Terry Lee, watched an agenda item presented and adopted that would re-vitalize the sputtering organization and change its direction forever by declaring war on our “Southern Cross”.
He was right. In the decade following the Resolution, the NAACP would have many victories in its first wave of assault in the war…defenseless children. Targeting public school children, the NAACP would use school officials to obtain the expulsion of hundreds of children wearing Southern themed T-shits from public schools – dis-enfranchising those who would not submit and intimidating the rest. These incidents were remote and far flung enough for John Q. Public to be completely oblivious of the precedents being set.
HK Edgerton would become a lightning rod for these school children, which he began to call “his babies”, as dozens and dozens of pleas for his help would come from around the South. HK’s “babies” just wanted someone to protect them from meddlesome school officials that didn’t understand that the flags weren’t hate symbols, but just innocent expressions of family, home and regional pride. HK would respond to these pleas, and drop all of his business and other public activities…except for his golf coaching for poor children in Asheville… to respond. Edgerton teamed up with his old ally in the Ashville corruption matter, Kirk Lyons, who had previously started the Southern Legal Resource Center. The effect, a “one- two punch” of legal action and HK Edgerton with a “winning the hearts and minds campaign” was a potent antidote. Slowly, his personal funds would be depleted, and his enthusiasm for responses was constrained only by incoming financial support for his efforts and occasional paid speaking appearances by open-minded individuals in groups that had not been wholly coalesced by NAACP & Co.
But it didn’t take long for the battle to expand from flags on heritage themed t-shirts to bigger targets and they continue to this day.
HK’s activism since that time has been never-ceasing…becoming a prominent soldier in many of the key battles in the NAACP’s hate campaign. Nicknamed the ‘Black Avenger’ Edgerton, a civil rights activist from the days of Dr. King forward, he was able to speak against adversaries of the South in a way many Southerners couldn’t or wouldn’t. He wasn’t afraid of being called a “racist” – he would become an enigma in a day when a ‘peaceful protest’ was something you read about in history books.
Featured on national and local TV, Radio and press interviews, HK would emerge as an unpaid spokesperson for the South and the Confederate Veteran. “It’s the same fight” says Edgerton regarding his ‘Black Avenger” moniker. “I’m following Dr. King. He never would have wanted this”.
Edgerton rebuffs the NAACP and Black Lives Matters activists and their allies. “This is our flag, too!” he admonishes. “The South wouldn’t have lasted a day but for the free and slave participation by Black Southerners”. “I’m an African-American and I’m a Southerner and I believe my heritage, which is represented by the flag bearing the Christian Cross of St. Andrew, is being ignored and destroyed. It’s continuing to divide the black folks and the white folks who have a lot in common,” Edgerton said.
Today, at age 71 (born on the day that Confederate President Jefferson Davis made his 1st Presidential Inaugural speech), Edgerton still is as passionate for his civil rights activism as ever before. Even though his walking pace may have slowed, his message is as powerful as ever.
HK’s appearances and opinions appear on his website: www.southernheritage411.com
SAVE SOUTHERN HERITAGE Inc. is a not for profit corporation that educates & advocates on behalf of Southern Heritage & History. It was started in 2015 in response to the knee-jerk Anti-Southern institutionalized bullying and “Eracism” levied against the people of South Carolina by Governor Nikki Haley, after she broke all previous agreements about how South Carolina’s historical veterans and their symbols should be treated and respected.
The Florida branch was activated in mid-January 2016, in response to three initiatives in the Florida Legislature that are part of a hate campaign led by Anti-American extremists, who refuse to respect the various cultures that make up the fabric of Florida’s society. Since that time, it has grown in membership and has been active in battles over American History and throughout Florida including the “We’ll Remember in November Campaign” that resulted in #heritagehater candidates to lose elections in Florida and others to win. More info: www.sshfl.org
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